As your IT equipment ages, you must seriously think about your replacement strategies. Beyond the significant cost impact (since we all realize that IT equipment is not cheap), the ability of the manufacturer to continue to service enterprise critical equipment plays a large role in the decision tree. You may hear terms like “End-of-Life” (EOL) bantered about, but few people have a clear understanding of what it means.
End Of Life
End of Service Life (EOL) typically means that the manufacturer has decided to discontinue producing a particular product and will cease future development of firmware and post-warranty support but they will likely continue to provide user support of the product. While this means that you will be looking at a change in the future to your IT platform, it doesn’t indicate that your IT equipment is currently at-risk or your network will cease to function.
End of Service Life
End of Service Life (EoSL), on the other hand, is a definite indication that you need to be making some decisions *now* to protect your IT infrastructure, as the manufacturer is letting you know that in addition to ceasing manufacture of the product, they will also cease providing security patches or resolving software compatibility issues and you will also likely start seeing decreased overall system performance.
With the supply chain issues facing the IT marketplace today, it is more critical than ever to stay on top of your migration strategies and get that last mile out of your IT infrastructure. Let the professionals at Alamon-ETS help you. Contact us today to get an evaluation of your current and future needs.