CDS EoSL April Product Advisory

Calendar indicating EoSL data center product dates

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016

With alarming regularity, hardware assets pass from valuable asset to operational risk – according to OEMs declaring EoSL for their equipment anyway. The reality is that these older systems tend to function perfectly well long into the future when backed by competent and effective third party support and maintenance services.

The coming few months are set to be busy for the CTO tasked with managing ageing assets – so we’ve compiled a handy list of the equipment set to lose OEM support in the next three months: 

April – Connectrix Brocade

If your business uses Connectrix Brocade PB-48K-AP4-18 or PB48K-AP4-18U units for mission critical applications, you are rapidly running out of time and options – both units are officially EoSL from April 30th. This gives you just over two weeks to plan a migration path. 

If you need interim support until replacements can be sourced, or would like to use your existing units indefinitely, check out our post-warranty network support services.

May – Isilon and Connectrix Brocade

Isilon users face a similar problem, particularly those reliant on TOPSPIN 48, 72 and 96 port IB switches. They do at least have the luxury of a slightly longer window of opportunity, with EoSL arriving on 31st May.

Support for the Connectrix Brocade MP-7500B switch will also be withdrawn on the same date.

June – Data Domain

As pressure on storage capacity continues to increase, owners of Data Domain DD690 deduplication units will need to find an alternative solution before the 30th June. Obviously there are OEM-defined upgrade paths, but as with networking equipment, if everything continues to work as expected, is there a genuine need to replace it?

If you need maintenance coverage during the migration process, or would like to discuss your third party support options, please have a look at our data center maintenance services.

The list of soon-to-be-retired hardware goes on, and CDS will endeavour to keep your team updated throughout the year. In the meantime, give us a call to discuss your options. An OEM-defined upgrade path is not always the smartest choice for your business needs.

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