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RE: list thoughts on "unsupported" hardware?
I couldn't find anything that said the 7500 is end-of-life/support/etc... This is all I found on their site regarding the 7500: End-of-Sale/End-of-Life: FEIP2-DSW-2TX & FEIP2-DSW-2FX 09/Jul/2003 End of Sale/End of Life: SA-ENCRYPT Services Adapter 31/Mar/2003 End of Sales - VIP2-50, No. 1868 20/Aug/2002 End of Sales: Route Switch Processor 2, No. 1866 20/Aug/2002 End of Sales: SRPIP-OC12, No. 1867 20/Aug/2002 I know it doesn't answer your question, but it appears that the 7500 is still on the list. -jay > -----Original Message----- > From: Ray Wong [mailto:email@example.com] > Sent: Monday, September 15, 2003 2:07 PM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: list thoughts on "unsupported" hardware? > > > > > > I realize this isn't arguing about Windows patch mechanisms, > but recently > realized I've never answered this issue to my own > satisfaction... How long > do we keep upgrading and using network hardware once it's > fallen off the > support lists? The Cisco 7500 finally went off back in Feb > of this year, > as I recall. 3rd party upgrades, and used parts, are still > readily available. > > (Actually, does anyone have suggestions on vendors for said > upgrades and > parts? I've noticed a lot more discounting than in the past, > but usually > from vendors I have no experience with). > > A client I've recently taken on happens to be relying on a > 7500 for their > border. In reality, their current use could fit on a > 2621/2650, though they > have been much larger in the past (there's a small pile of > DS3 cards sitting > on the shelf). They're still relying on a single provider > for connectivity, > etc. > > So, does anyone have any thoughts on how long we should be letting our > poorer customers/employers live with products that are > officially off the > support lists? Clearly there will be (i.e. IOS) image > support for quite some > time. Is keeping (tested) spares around sufficient to > justify actually > spending some money to fit the newer/larger images? > Newer/still current > hardware seems much more a no-brainer, but advocating > spending a thousand > bucks to avoid spending 5x that on a more current fire-sale > item is a little > less clear, to me. > > > -- > > Ray Wong > email@example.com > >