V6R1 End of Service 



The end of service date for V6R1 is September 30, 2015 (please see software withdrawal announcement below)


IBM Software Withdrawal 


After that date your operating system will need to be upgraded or you will have to purchase an extended support contract.


A third alternative is to rent a hosted partition from First Option. First Option offers dedicated and shared environments with service level agreements that fit your business need and allow you to focus on your business not your IT environment.  (For More Info)


Contact us at sales@1stoption.com for a free quote or click on the free IT assessment link below. 



IBM i Hosting


Do you have an IBM i application you would like hosted in a N+1 SAS 70 Type II facility?

Is your Systems Manager retiring soon and you are concerned as to who will maintain your system?

Would you like your system monitored 24x7x365?

Do you have a legacy application that requires programming support?

Do you have a legacy application that you would like to modernize?

Do you need to sunset an application but prefer not to have to store the data on your old iSeries machine?

If you answered yes to any of the above you may be interested in First Option's hosting services. We provide the following: 

Helpdesk Services:

  • We maintain User Profiles and Maintenance.
  • Printer assignment and restarts.
  • Resolve locked up and runaway jobs.
  • IBM PTF's (fixes).
  • Nightly back ups.
  • Confirmation of back ups.

Operational Services - Performed several times daily:

  • Systems are up and operational.
  • No problems reported from peripherals.
  • Error Detection.
  • Disk functionality and utilization.
  • Problem determinations, resolutions, escalations.

Hosting allows you to "rent space" on a First Option IBM Power System and choose the level of service that suits your business needs. Our SAS 70 Type II data center provides a secure environment as well as a 24/7 support structure.  For a quote email sales@1stoption.com.   


In addition First Option can provide programming support, modernization and legacy integration services. All our hosted systems are monitored by IBM i Watchdog by First Option. Please see more information below.  



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IBM i Monitoring Software


IBM i Watchdog by First Option is a new system monitoring solution that was originally developed to assist with First Option's IBM i outsourcing business. It is now being marketed as software as a service
(SaaS) , where a secured connection will be established to the customer, and client software installed to gather the key health statistics of your IBM i (AS400) server. A monthly fee is charged that includes rental of the client software and graphical front end.


IBM i Watchdog collects key health indicators of System i servers and displays them in a color coded GUI interface. System problems, halt messages, tape drive status, DASD, CPU percentage and disk status are some of the indicators displayed.

For more information email sales@1stoption.com.

IBM i Custom Programming


First Option has been in the IT business since 1995 with expertise in IBM i contract programming, project management and customized application development. Our customers range from small to medium sized companies to very large corporations. Our areas of expertise include IBM i Security,
IBM i Application Modernization, WebSphere, Apache, Java and RPG.  For more information email sales@1stoption.com.