Juniper EOSL Deadlines in 2021
Businesses that are using Juniper networking hardware (e.g. broadband services routers, WLAN access points, services gateways, etc.) need to be aware that several Juniper EOSL deadlines have either recently expired or are due to expire in 2021. This is something you need to be concerned about because this means Juniper will no longer be obligated to provide support services for the hardware equipment in question.
What is EOSL and why is it important?
EOSL stands for End-of-Service Life. In Juniper, they call this EOS or End-of-Support. In this post, we will use the two acronyms interchangeably. Just remember that they’re one and the same.
When Juniper Network decides to discontinue a product/model, that model will have reached what is known as its End of Life (EOL). Once a product reaches its EOL, a series of milestones will start to kick off.
The milestones include the following:
- End of Life Notification (EOLN) – This is when Juniper will start notifying customers of impending EOL milestones for a particular product
- Last Order Date (LOD) – This is the last date at which purchase orders may be placed for the product in question
- Last Software Version (LSV)
- End of Software Engineering (EOSE) support
- End of Hardware Engineering (EOHE) support
- Last Renewal Date (LRD)
- End of Support (EOS)
Of the 7 milestones, it’s the EOS date that you need to be really concerned with because following that date you won’t be getting any support from Juniper if something goes wrong with your Juniper hardware equipment.
EOS usually comes 5 years after LOD, so, theoretically, you have ample time to prepare for an upgrade. The problem is, most businesses don’t give priority to EOS dates until the 11th hour. It’s either because they have a lot of core business concerns on their plate or they simply don’t have the budget yet to do the upgrade
How to extend the life of your Juniper equipment beyond EOSL
It’s going to be extremely irresponsible to continue running your Juniper equipment without any maintenance and support services, especially if that equipment is used in mission critical business processes. So does that mean you have no choice but to upgrade? Not really.
If you want to buy some time until you’re ready to upgrade, you can purchase what is known as a third party maintenance (TPM) service. When offered by a reputable service provider, third-party maintenance is as good as OEM maintenance and support.
One of the best TPM service providers in the industry is CentricsIT, a global IT services firm with a solid reputation for exceptional service delivery and innovation in IT lifecycle management strategy. CentricsIT has been featured by Gartner for third-party hardware maintenance and is known to help customers attain 40–70% savings in IT maintenance costs.
CentricsIT engineers are highly experienced in end-of-life products and CentricsIT offices and stocking depots are strategically positioned across the globe, so you’re assured of getting top-notch IT services wherever you are.
Juniper EOSL 2021
Some of the Juniper EOSL deadlines in 2021 include the following: