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Lifetime of a network switch

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Hello

We are currently trying creating some standards for my company on the network equipment we will be putting in place. While creating the document I'm stuck at the part of deciding a specific time for the lifetime of an equipment.
I have started to have some issue with switches of lower quality, that seems to slow the network and create random disconnect to very sensitive application for users, and i can fix the issue for a few weeks by rebooting the switch. However it clear to me those switches have pass their lifetime and should be replace. So to be proactive to this issue, i wanted to know if their were any recommendation for a lifetime of a router or switch, and how have business have set standard on this topic, if any ?

Thank you for your help
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