Cisco 3560V2 Switches
Cisco 3650 Unified Access Switches
So yesterday, I pointed out that Your break room phones are EoL. Continuing on that EoL theme for Turkey week, I’m going to complicate your life by letting you know that the ancient network design you have been using with the 3560V2 or 3750V2 switches is going to have to change because those switches have seen their day. So sayeth Cisco. Cisco knows it’s harder to change your infrastructure than your endpoints, so they are generously giving you two years to stop buying those. The End of Sale date isn’t until November 14, 2015. Of course, if you have it on a service contract you’ll be able to stretch those out to 2020. I hope you don’t have to resort to that. Cisco recommends you get modern with a nice 3650 Unified Access switch, and really, why wouldn’t you?
They are a lot more powerful for the same money. To be honest, I was surprised to discover you could even still order the V2. I mean, just look at the 3650 paint job. Who doesn’t what that hidden away in a rack where only you can enjoy it?
Cisco 2960X Series Switches
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to upgrade your 2960 switches to the 2960X Series while you were at it. I mean, those old 2960 switches are EoL, too. You’ll have to start buying newer models, anyway. You may as well make sure they match your shiny new L3 kit, right?
Again, as has been the pattern for the last few generations on these, same price, more power and features. And these have the Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty. Buy a couple extras to keep on the shelf and skip the SMARTnet. You’ll save a ton of money. Just don’t tell Cisco I said that.
Cisco 6945 IP Phone
OK, maybe your break room phones aren’t EoL, but the model we have been using is. We use the 6945 for our break room phones, and the 6900 series had their end of life announced last month. The last ship date is Oct. 28, 2014, so if you need some to finish a project, you might want to order them. Depending on how far along you are in the project, you might want to switch over to their replacement, which I’ll cover in just a moment…
Maybe you are breathing a sigh of relief because you are using the venerable 7931G as your break room (or other low use/basic use location) phone. Well, you’re feeling that relief all too soon because that’s EoL, as well…
Cisco 7800 Series IP Phones
The replacement for both of these is the new 7800 series (no, not the MCS 7800, silly). My organization is in the middle of migrating 50 sites from key systems to a Cisco UC solution. We are only about 1/3 of the way through the project and we haven’t deployed many of the 6900 series, so we will most likely be switching over to one of the 7800 endpoints for the remainder of the project. Yes, they do look different, but the icons are still the same as on the 6900 and 8900 series (which are the two primary series of endpoints we have been using). If you are on the 7931G, it is more of a change, but you had to know that was coming.
Of course, who knows what level of quality the 7800 firmware will be. It’s taken a while for the 8900’s to become mostly stable. Hopefully the 7800’s will be a bit better, but that’s something you will definitely want to take into account as a risk factor in your projects.
If you order Cisco support, you are probably familiar with part number prefixes like “SNT” and “SNTP”. I noticed my notes were outdated as to what these prefixes mean when I started seeing part numbers like “C4P” replacing the prefixes I used to expect. I finally got around to updating my personal cheat sheet and thought I’d share it, as this seems to be difficult to find on Cisco’s site:
||SMARTnet Support 8x5xNBD
||SMARTnet Support 8x5x4
||SMARTnet Support 24x7x4
||SMARTnet Support 24x7x2
||Onsite SMARTnet Support 8x5xNBD
||Onsite SMARTnet Support 8x5x4
||Onsite SMARTnet Support 24x7x4
||Onsite SMARTnet Support 24x7x2
||Software app support + upgrade
||Software app support
||IPS Signatures and Software
||IPS Service 8x5xNBD
||IPS Service 8x5x4
||IPS Service 24x7x4
||IPS Service 24x7x2
||IPS Onsite 8x5xNBD
||IPS Onsite 8x5x4
||IPS Onsite 24x7x4
||IPS Onsite 24x7x2