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EOL. EOS. SOS?!

Monday, September 15, 2014
Information Technology is notorious for acronyms and abbreviations. What do EOL and EOS stand for and how are these terms relevant to you? EOL stands for End of Life. This is when a manufacturer announces they will stop selling a specific product. EOS stands for End of Support and End of Service. This is when the manufacturer will no longer be supporting and servicing that product through patches, security updates, hotfixes, incident support, and warranty claims. Do you really need to pay attention to EOL and EOS? Does one matter more than the other?

Support and Service Lifecycle Policies vary by Manufacturer. Generally there are several years of support and service available for products that have been announced End of Life. Therefore, just because a product has been announced it is EOL it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t purchase that particular product.  

It is very important to understand when a product has been announced End of Service and End of Support. In most cases, it is not recommend to keep devices in production on your network past their support date.  

If you have questions on specific products and either their EOL or EOS status, feel free to contact us and together we can determine the value and possible risk to purchasing or continuing to use the product in question.

Now that you have your primer on EOL and EOS we would like to remind you that Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Extended Support End Date is July 14, 2015. If you are still using Windows Server 2003 R2 – Datacenter, Enterprise or Standard editions -- we encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss and plan a server upgrade and migration. This is no longer a choice but a necessity as July will be here sooner than you know it!
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