Cisco end-of-life & end-of -support

Posted on 2012-08-30
Last Modified: 2012-08-30
My Catalyst 2950 has an EOL on 10/1/2007 and EOS on 10/1/2013. My question is how can you have a EOL before EOS. I thought that if a product is at EOL, it will not have any support. Can you shed some light on that? Thx
Question by:biggynet
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    by:Ernie Beek
    As I see it:
    -EOL: not being produced/sold anymore
    -EOS: no support (duh) and/or (software) updates anymore

    This EOS here is End of Support (see below)
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    End-of-Life Announcement Date or EOL: The date the document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product is distributed to the general public.
    End-of-Sale Date or EOS: The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.  This date will occur sometime after EOL.

    Here is a copy of their EOL policy:
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    by:Ernie Beek
    So we have two types of EOS here:
    -End of Sale
    -End of Support
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    Yep too many acronyms!  In the Cisco world End of Support would be EoSW: End of Software Maintenance.  

    Here is a link:

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