The AS/400 (Application System/400) was first introduced by IBM 25 years ago in June of 1988, and it’s a system that is still alive and well today in 2013. Though the core server operating operating system that constituted the AS/400 is still alive, the name AS/400 as a product brand is not. In 2008, IBM rebranded what had once been the AS/400 as System i.
“Today we call it the IBM i, because the ‘I’ stands for Integration,” Ian Jarman, Business Unit Executive, Power Systems Lab Services & Training at IBM, told ServerWatch. “The integration operating environment runs today on our latest Power systems and also on our latest PureSystems.”
While IBM is now celebrating 25 years of the AS/400, it isn’t resting on its laurels. There is a planned IBM i 7.2 release set for next year as development and innovation on the platform continue.