End-of-Life Management, a critical aspect of Network Management

If you are a Network Administrator, you would be managing a number network of devices from disparate equipment vendors. The responsibility of ensuring business continuity and reliability of the network lies on you. As long as the equipment works wonderfully, everything will look rosy. The moment a problem rocks, you will feel the pressure. And what will happen if the device in production that created the problem (assume a security vulnerability) had reached the end-of-life and end-of-support by the vendor?
Here comes the importance of End-of-Life management.

When device vendor announces end-of-life for a particular device model, it is highly important to assess the potential risks associated with using the device. For end-of-life models, the vendor may not offer support; the device might pose security vulnerability for which you cannot expect a patch from the vendor; and numerous other issues might crop in from time to time even if the device is working properly at present.

So, network management experts always advocate replacing devices that have reached end-of-life status. In addition, the IT regulations that lay stress on network security, put a cap on using outdated models to ensure that the network remains in top shape..

If a device that is working very well is categorized as end-of-life by the vendor, it would be prudent to de-link it from production and redeploy it for development or testing purposes.

Well, it is highly important to replace the end-of-life models. But, when you have so many devices, how do you track the maintenance details? How do you know a particular device had reached end-of-sale or end-of-life or end-of-support?

Only an automated approach could help here. ManageEngine DeviceExpert,
the Network Change and Configuration Management (NCCM) solution,
perfectly helps in end-of-life management, that too in fully automated
fashion.

It audits the network inventory and provides a report on the devices
have reached end-of-life / end-of-sale. The report provides information
on “End of Sale Date” and “End Of Support Date” along with host name,
device type, series and model. DeviceExpert keeps monitoring the
websites of various equipment vendors, watches bulletins and collects
end-of-life information in all possible ways. It simplifies your job and
helps you in maintaining your network infrastructure in top shape.

Moreover, this End-of-Life reporting feature is absolutely one of a kind – no other NCCM solution in the market offers this.

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