The BIG (EoL) Myth.
What does EoL really mean for your enterprise equipment?
Step 1 :
End of Life Announcement
This is simply a notification that Cisco will soon stop supporting a product. A feature freeze goes into effect on the platform and no new features or expansions will be added to the product.
Step 2 :
End of Sale (EoS)
Usually around one year after EoL is announced, the product can no longer be ordered through Cisco distribution. The product is still eligible for Cisco maintenance and is still receiving IOS updates and bug fixes.
Step 3 :
End of New Service
At this step, it is not possible to put the equipment under a new Cisco service contract, although existing contracts can be renewed before their expiration.
Step 4 :
End of Software Maintenance Releases
Cisco has now stopped issuing any additional IOS updates for this product.
Step 5 :
End of Contract Renewal
Cisco no longer offers any maintenance contracts on this product.
Step 6 :
Last Date of Support (LDoS)
cisco stops all support for the product. This is their final tactic in the discontinuation process which deems the equipment obsolete thus hoping to force you into a refresh.
So what does this actually mean for your Enterprise equipment?
It means you have options. Probably more thank you thought.
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