Effective last year, Cisco had stopped selling its Catalyst 3750-X, 3560-X, 3750-E, 3560-E, 3750G, 3560G, 3750V2, 3560V2, 2960, 2960-S, 3560-C, and 2960-C Series Switches. And as of May this year Cisco no longer provide software maintenance for the above products. By 2021, the products will no longer receive any support services and become obsolete.
You are probably thinking that you have not yet maximised the equipment and yet it will soon be obsolete.
According to Cisco’s End-of-Life (EOL) policy: “Products reach the end of their Product Life Cycle for a number of reasons. These reasons may be due to market demands, technology innovation and development driving changes in the product, or the products simply mature over time and are replaced by functionally richer technology.”
After the End-of-Sale (EOS) declaration for the Cisco Catalyst Series:
Based on Cisco’s End-of-Life policy, an extension of the service contract is not possible beyond the last date of support. And for clients who haven’t renewed their contract last May 2017, sorry but your contract is no longer renewable.
So, if you want to sweat your IT assets, which includes your switches, arrays, servers, and among other networking and data centre hardware—what do you need to do?
Third party maintenance (TPM) provides maintenance support services for your Cisco Catalyst switches and even your other EOL equipment that OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) no longer support.
By working with a third party hardware maintenance vendors like ITSM Corp., instead of being pressured to replace your Cisco switches, you can prolong its use and delay your capital expenditure (CAPEX). TPM can also provide you with a more flexible IT support and vendor-agnostic solutions suitable to your network infrastructure.