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EOL vs. EOSL: What’s the Difference?

Are you finding it challenging to understand what these milestones mean and how they affect our storage environment? When Dell EMC, NetApp, HP, IBM, Cisco, Brocade, or any OEM announces that a piece of hardware will reach End of Life (EOL) or End of Service Life (EOSL), it means we’ll need to decide what our next steps for EOL hardware…

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EOL, EOSL, EOS, EOA – Why They Matter

Understanding how EOL, EOSL, EOS, and EOA affect our Data Center assets’ lifecycle will help us make the right decisions about how best to support them. Each acronym stands for a crucial statistic about our assets, and we’ll be unpacking what they mean for an IT budget.  PRODUCT LIFECYCLE All IT products go through a four-phase lifecycle:  Introduction Growth Maturity…

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What’s The Difference?: EOL, EOSL, EOS, EOA

Learn the key terms that could affect your data center Improve the management of your product lifecycle with this simple guide. When a particular vendor schedules hardware for End of Service Life, it can be a difficult time if you are a customer who uses these products on a daily basis. Not only do you have to worry about what…

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What’s The Difference?: EOL, EOSL, EOA, EOS

When a particular vendor schedules hardware for End of Service Life, it can be a difficult time for the customers who use those products on a daily basis. Not only do you have to worry about what that means for the future of your EMC or NetApp products, but you also have a variety of different dates to keep track…

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Knowing the Right Time to Refresh Your Networking Hardware

A large part of managing your data center network means ensuring that all networking equipment is supported and maintained. This sounds easy enough until the OEM announces your products have been declared EOL. The end of life announcement usually means that end of support is soon to follow. Rather than panic or unnecessarily upgrade your network, we’re here to talk…

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IT Lifecycle Planning: 3 Tips You Need to Know

As the old saying goes, “those who fail to plan, plan to fail”. This quote is true for many things in life, including when it comes to managing your IT assets. There are few constants in the world of IT, but one thing that you can almost count on is the OEM declaring your IT hardware EOL while it still…

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How to Extend the Life of Your Network: More Options Than Just The OEM

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…

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Third-Party Support vs. OEM Maintenance: What You Need to Know

Every year, organizations charge IT professionals with increasing efficiency while cutting costs. And with the average IT budget only growing $2,000 in 2016, every penny counts. To cut costs, you must determine where the bulk of your funds are going. With the ability to consume up to two-thirds of your budget, support is a great place to start. Many companies…

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