Cisco announces end-of-life (EoL), end-of-new-service (EoNS) and end-of-sale (EoS) products frequently. In an effort to keep our customers abreast of product lifecycle announcements—especially those that impact them the most significantly—we will regularly make updates to these pages with announcements around popular products.
We've listed EoS announcements below. For EoNS announcements, please visit the End-of-Support page.
End of Sale: November 6, 2015
Impact: Cisco’s direct replacement is the 2960-X series. This new switch has double the stacking throughout with 80Gbps total and also allows up to 8 switches to be stacked. Other features include NetFlow Lite, MACsec, and being more energy efficient. However, without the stacking improvement and the use of these features, they have the same performance and nearly identical switches.
TIP: Cisco has also raised the list price for the 2960S series to promote sales of the 2960X.
End of Sale: November 14, 2015
Impact: Cisco’s direct replacement is the 3650 series switches. They can provide up to 4 10GE uplink ports and has in integrated WLC. These also natively support Flexibl NetFlow and MACsec encryption without a module.
TIP: The –E and –X switches may also be substituted if they do not require the 3650.
End of Sale: September 26, 2015
Impact: Cisco encourages customers to migrate to the N5K-C5672UP. The N5K no longer needs a daughter card for layer 3 features and provides integrated 40G interfaces. However, if you are planning on using Fibre Channel, only 16 ports will be available. You will want to re-evaluate choices for Fibre Channel.Contact us to help you explore all of your options.
Impact: Cisco encourages customers to migrate to the ASA FirePower bundles. Cisco will be primarily focused with the NGFW FirePower services such as IPS, URL Filtering, and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP). However, with bigger deployments, you will need to utilize a FireSight Management software which can be run on VMWare or its own dedicated box from Cisco.
TIP: We recommend going with the new FirePower deployments to stay current on the signature updates. You have the option to consider other alternatives through our partnerships with Fortinet and Checkpoint. Contact us for more information.
End of Sale: August 31, 2015
Impact: Cisco encourages customers to migrate to AnyConnect4 with new licensing subscriptions, L-AC-PLS-1YR-G or L-AC-APX-1YR-G. The licensing changes to a subscription-based model as they upgrade to AnyConnect4. It is now licensed per user instead of concurrent users per device. The subscription includes multiple features that used to be delivered via individual licenses. Going forward, operating systems such as Windows 10 will only support AnyConnect4.
TIP: We recommend migrating to AnyConnect4 which takes care of some security vulnerabilities as well as compatibility with newer devices running Windows 10.
TIP: A 3560E is a possible alternative and can provide line rate 1GE ports cheaper than the 3560X. Although it is a previous generation switch, it would provide similar features and performance.
Impact: Cisco's replacement product is the 881. This series has gone through a few ID changes and can get confusing as they are all very similar. The current 881 part IDs: C881-K9 and C881W-A-K9.TIP: The CISCO871W-G-A-K9 is a wireless model and can be substituted with other various wireless models if needed.
|CP-7906G||Impact: Cisco’s replacement product is the 7911 phone. The latest current phone would be the 7800 series. These are Cisco’s basic level IP phones.|
|CP-7936||Impact: Cisco’s replacement product is the 7937G conference phone. The latest current phone would be the 8831 conference phone. The 7936/7937 both used SCCP protocol while the new 8831 uses SIP protocol. This signaling protocol can be an important factor depending on your preferences – SCCP or SIP.|
|Impact: Cisco’s replacement product is the 7942G/7962G phones. The latest phone would be the 7945G/7965G. These are similar phones in functionality. The 7942G/7962G have a higher resolution grayscale display and the 7945G/7965G have a color display.|
|Impact: Cisco’s replacement products are the -E series chassis. The 4503-E and 4506-E will both support 48Gbps/slot with a SUP7 installed. The 4507R-E and 4510R-E only supports 24Gbps with a SUP6 or SUP7 installed. This per slot backplane throughput is important if you are looking for line rate cards. Only the 4748 line cards provides this throughput along with a SUP7. If the 4748 and SUP7 is a consideration for these two chassis’, you will need the 4507R+E and 4510R+E chassis.
TIP: The 4507R+E and 4510R+E should be considered here instead as they will be able to support the latest SUP7/SUP8 and provide the 48Gbps/slot backplane.
|Impact: Cisco’s replacement product is the WS-X45-SUP6-E. The latest product Cisco has to offer is the SUP8. While the previous SUPs all provided 6Gbps/slot capacity, the SUP6 provided 24Gbps/slot and the SUP7/8 will provide 48Gbps/slot.
TIP: If you are looking at the SUP8, you can still consider the SUP7 as a substitute. Remember that a 4507R+E or 4510R+E will be needed. The 4503-E and 4506-E natively supports the SUP7.
|CISCO7304||Impact: Cisco’s replacement product is the ASR1000 series. The ASR1001 at the minimum will provide 2.5Gbps throughput. The drawback to the ASR1001 is the slot and port density. It only has 1 SPA expansion slot limiting the available ports it can support. In this case, moving to an ASR1002 would be needed.
TIP: The ASR1000 packs serious power but always isn’t needed. Tell us what you are doing and if there are any performance issues. We might be able to support or supply the necessary equipment that you are still running.
Impact: On May 8, 2015 you will no longer be able to purchase this Cisco memory. Cisco does not have any replacement memory at this time. As an alternative, we recommend using Curvature branded memory if needed.
12000-SIP-601, PRP-3, FLASH-PRP3-4G
Impact: On June 21, 2015 you will no longer be able to buy these items. Cisco encourages customers to migrate to the ASR9000 and SIP-700's, As such, the PRP will not be compatible and will need to be upgraded along with the new ASR. The ASR will support higher throughput per slot than the 12000 supported.
UBR7246VXR, PWR-UBR7200-AC, PWR-UBR7200-DC
Impact: Cisco recommends migrating to the UBR10K or UBR7225VXR. The 7225 is a smaller chassis and supports only 2 DOCSIS cards but it only uses 1/3 the RU space of the 7246. Stacking three 7225 will provide 1.5x more ports than a single 7246.
Impact: Cisco does not have any replacements for this product. This makes both batteries, STD and EXT versions, end-of-sale for the CP-7921G wireless phone. It is recommended to upgrade to the CP-7925G wireless phone.
Impact: Cisco recommends upgrading to the CISCO7606-S. Cisco did not make a 7604-S chassis so the upgrade is essentially the 6-slot chassis with better power and cooling capabilities. Both units have the same per-slot bandwidth and similar supported line cards and features.
Impact: Cisco recommends upgrading to the 7600-SIP-400. The Cisco 7600-SIP-400 provides higher-speed, high-density link aggregation for network environments requiring leased line and metro aggregation. Such speeds come from supporting SPA cards like 1Gb, 10Gb, and higher end OC cards.
Impact: Cisco recommends upgrading to the DS-X9848-480K9. This is a 48-port FCoE blade for the MDS9700 series. Note: Upgrading from the X9708 would require a new chassis, SUP, fans, and powers to go along with this new line card.
Impact: Cisco recommends upgrading to either the VG310 or VG320. Both provide 24/48 FXS ports respectively. These units will run and support a higher IOS version. Both the new and older units are still supported in Current Call Manager deployments.
ASA5512-IPS-K9, ASA5515-IPS-K9, ASA5545-IPS-K9, ASA5555-IPS-K9
Impact: Cisco recommends upgrading to the FirePower services. Cisco recently acquired SourceFire and plan to move ahead with this technology as their main offering. Users are hugely impacted as this technology requires a FirePower capable box, new subscriptions, and a new FireSight management center. Migrating towards the current technology is highly recommended since this is a security device although the IPS and CX IPS will still be supported for the short term future.
WS-X45-SUP6L-E: Cisco recommends upgrading to the SUP7L-E. The SUP6L-E and SUP7L-E have lower backplane throughput and are not compatible with the 4510R chassis. They are both light versions of the SUP6-E and SUP7-E. The 6L-E upgrade to the 7L-E should have no backward compatibility issues. The SUP7L-E will support the C4700 line cards which have line rate forwarding. However, the SUP7L-E only has two 10G SFP ports available compared to four on the SUP7-E.
X2-10GB-T: There are no recommended replacements. X2 is slowly fading and small form factor SFP's are slowly taking over. However, unlike the X2, there is no 10G SFP to copper.