Why You Should Upgrade from IBM i 7.2 Before You Pay Extended Support
Let me start by saying, if you have a reason to stay on IBM i 7.2 after April 30, 2021, please pay your software maintenance (SWMA) and pay for extended support. However, if you don’t have an excellent reason to stay at IBM i 7.2, now is the time to upgrade.
Paying for extended support is often more expensive than paying iTech to perform an OS upgrade.
Yes, you read that correctly. If you are on a P10 or higher, it will cost you more to stay at IBM i 7.2. Extended support is twice as much as your Software Maintenance. If you stay on an unsupported version for more than a year, you could easily justify the cost of having iTech do an OS upgrade.