Here at SolarWinds we are known for a number of things:
- We embrace change. If you are here and you don't, you are miserable.
- We tenaciously hold on to the things that work.
- We never give up (we refocus *grin*).
- We never forget where we came from (or "from whence we came"... to avoid that prepositional ending).
- When we fall down, we get right back up.
All that said, I was and remain cautious when introducing spaces to the community. I understand the need for a space for each product, that just makes sense. But, when program managers, product managers, product marketing folks, and others come asking for their own custom spaces, you better believe I look for the community up side, and there better be one. We launched the EoL/EoS space because we found it difficult to find end-of-life data for multiple vendor devices. We saw a need and are now working to sate that need.
We are not done with our updates to EOL Lookup. How could we be? But, I'm writing this to let you know that we believe we have made improvements on the search (please let us know if the IE10 fixes we put in place help?) and we've added over 1000 more Cisco devices to the lists.
We do have a vision. We want to create a one-stop shop for our customers to find this information. And, I want to point out, that this is not some SEO move or attempt to do anything other than provide information you might find helpful as you deal with vendors EoL'ing and EoS'ing your network devices. Again, as we continue to hear of security breaches and the need to bolster our network defenses, one significant way to make sure we stay secure is updating vendor software and ensuring our devices stay up to date.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge offers opportunity. And, knowledge helps you prepare for both the inevitable and the unknown. When you know support for your devices is coming to an end, you can prepare for that other conversation -- the conversation with the CFO about updating the server/switch/router closet. Much better to have that conversation in advance than when you are scrambling to plug holes and sandbag the perimeter only to find you cannot update your IOS.
We hope you find this rev helpful and please provide feedback either in the comments here or you can direct message me MTorok -- reach out. We are listening. Oh, and to see how you might combine this service with your Network Configuration Manager install, check out Jiri's post here: SolarWinds EOL Lookup: Which of My Devices Will Become End-of-Life?
See you on the boards,