End of Life/End of Support: Key Dates

By Jen Trang Nguyen, MDS

As 2019 draws close, a lot of software and hardware are reaching their end of lifecycle. Let’s get a better understanding of this, as well as take some notes about the fast-approaching dates for EOL.

Understanding End of Service Life

Understanding a piece of hardware equipment’s End of Service Life can be confusing as it varies per vendors. Here are the four key phases that you should know about as you plan out your maintenance and support.

1. GENERAL AVAILABILITY OR SALE DATE

General Availability (GA) is when the product (hardware/software) is brought to market and available for purchase. Support is available directly through the channel you purchased your product.

 

2. END OF LIFE OR END OF SALE (EOL)

When a product reaches its End of Life (EOL) or End of Sale (EOS), it means that the OEM is no longer producing or selling that specific product. When an OEM announces the EOL or EOS, this generally starts a 5-year phase-out of the product. Hardware and software support can still be available at this time, depends on where you purchase your product.

 

3. END OF DEVELOPMENT (EOD)

End of Development (EOD) for hardware comes when the OEM ceases development and production of that device’s operating system. Software updates and firmware patches are no longer rolled out. Around this time, contract and support renewals may no longer be available.

 

4. END OF SUPPORT LIFE (EOSL)

The End of Support Life, or End of Service Life (EOSL) is the final phase in the data center equipment’s lifecycle. At this point, the OEM no longer sells, provides operating system updates for, or renews support agreements on the hardware.

Now that you have an idea about what EOL is, let’s look at some key dates to ensure you’re ready before it expires.

 

Some Key Dates Coming Up

MICROSOFT

Windows 10, version 1709 - April 9, 2019

Windows 10, version 1803 - November 12, 2019

Windows 10, version 1809 - April 14, 2020

CISCO 

Cisco SD208P 8-port 10 100 Switch – December 6, 2018

Cisco Catalyst 3750E-48TD-E Switch - December 31, 2018

ACE Application Control Engine Module - January 31, 2019

DELL

Dell Equallogic PS6000X - November 11, 2018

Dell Equallogic PS6000XV - November 11, 2018

Dell Equallogic PS6010X - June 26, 2019

HP

HP ProLiant DL360p G8 - June 13, 2021

HP ProLiant DL360e G8 - August 16, 2021

Arista 7050X 96XGT 8QSFP+ FB AC Switch - May 23, 2022

 

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