Device end-of-life (EoL) management is a sizable activity that takes up substantial amount of every network administrator’s time. Especially for those still using spreadsheets or other manual methods to record and maintain device data. Due to the enormous effort involved and the unavailability of resources, it is often seen that organizations fail to proactively manage the task of maintaining EoL data.


 

Why is EoL Management Difficult?


  • Effort involved in maintaining multi-vendor device information in one place
  • Need to constantly watch out for product announcements from the vendor
  • Frequent replacements and induction of new devices in the network


Every organization relies on a wide variety of network devices and when a critical device that is out of support contract fails, we are talking of serious network downtime! Most manufacturers do not provide support at EoL, and by not tracking this information, organizations using these devices are at big risk. Apart from business disruption and diminished productivity there is also excessive amount of support costs involved.


How can network administrators get rid of such predicaments and efficiently manage EoL data?


Network administrators need to adopt a mechanism that helps systematically identify and notify on devices reaching EoL. An EoL management tool easily serves the purpose of managing, tracking and verifying device EoL data.


 

Networks are made up of various devices from multiple vendors. Collating all device information in one place provides a convenient platform to plan for renewals much in advance. As an added advantage, integration between your network discovery, device profile manager and EoL process helps you correlate information and enable quick searches to take informed decisions.


Eliminate EoL mess-ups, be rid of the manual time consuming processes and gain the ability to save time and money for your organization!


View this fun video and check out the EoL feature available in SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)!