Managing your multi-generational network can be tricky. Like most, your network probably includes current and previous generation equipment. Things can get even more confusing if Cisco has declared some of your network End of Life. The End of Life announcement may come at a time when that particular equipment is working fine, leaving you wondering about your options.

The OEM will have you believe that there are only two options: follow the OEM upgrade schedule or forego support. We’ll be discussing a few other options that will allow you to save on your IT support budget and extend the life of your network.

Knowledge is Power

Oh no, the OEM just announced that some important switches in your network are now EOS. Being proactive about your network can help you avoid any panic. Stay up to date by learning the product lifecycle milestones for your networking equipment. Asking the necessary questions ahead of time will save you money and stress. Knowing your upgrade and support options and putting a plan in place will keep you ahead of the EOS curve.

Do I Need to Upgrade?

Doing a complete refresh on your network can be time consuming and expensive. These are things to consider before following the OEM upgrade schedule. Upgrades are usually a costly investment, not including the hours spent on learning and training your team on new features. So before doing this make sure that an upgrade is absolutely necessary for your network.

The End of Support announcement usually comes long before the equipment actually needs to be upgraded. The OEM can declare a product end-of-support while the equipment is functioning perfectly in your network. Choosing not to upgrade at the moment could save you money and give you time to consider your other upgrade options.


How Third-Party Support Can Help Extend the Life of Your Equipment

Third-party support can be a cost-effective way to extend the life of your network after the OEM has declared it EOL. With the ability to save you anywhere from 30-70% off the OEM maintenance costs, third-party support offers many benefits when it comes to extending  the life of your network. Besides significant savings, you have the ability to customize your support contract. At Reliant, we offer flexible SLAs and coterminous maintenance service agreements for years after the end-of-support date.

Maximize Your IT Budget by Turning Legacy Equipment into Cash

So you’ve decided that you want to upgrade your network to the newest generation equipment, now what? Why not let the legacy equipment put cash back into your IT budget? Asset Recovery is one way to do that. The pieces of hardware that are sold can generate revenue for your budget or be traded in for funds on the newer equipment you’re planning to buy.

Now What?

Don’t let the OEM dictate when you upgrade your network. As the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Storage Hardware & Support, Reliant Technology offers comprehensive support for Cisco and Brocade networking equipment and more. Reach out to one of our support specialists  at 1.877.227.0828.