EOL (End-Of-Life) Date for OEM Servers maintenance – 2018

Oracle marks Solaris and SPARC for EOL (End-Of-Life)

Oracle cancel their release of Solaris 12 OS and began to shift their focus to integrating SPARC and Solaris into Oracle Cloud. Oracle has continued to provide delivery updates to Solaris and SPARC support through 2034.

Now, Oracle will need to begin planning for a smooth transition to other IT platforms to avoid critical impacts on their organization.

Cisco devices Reaching EOSL in a data center

Cisco devices generally can extend the life on and continue getting the most out of your initial purchase.  Also, to Continuing OEM support for hardware that’s reached the end of its warranty is costly.

List of Cisco Parts Reaching EOSL Date wise sorted in 2018:

  • Cisco AS5350XM Universal Gateway (28/2/2018)
  • NAM 2204 Appliance (15/3/2018)
  • WebEx Node for ASR 1000 Series (22/3/2018)
  • UCS 6120XP (30/3/2018)
  • UCS 2104XP (31/3/2018)
  • UCS 6140XP (31/3/2018)
  • Nexus 9396TX Switch (1/5/2018)
  • Cisco Catalyst 3560-12PC-S Compact Switch (7/6/2018)
  • Cisco Catalyst2960-8TC-S Compact Switch (29/7/2018)
  • Catalyst 6500 Series Network Analysis Module (NAM-1 NAM-2) (31/7/2018)

DELL & HP X86 Servers Maintenance

Compared to OEM hardware maintenance, the cloud migrations are not cost effective decision. Yes, cloud migration is costlier than any other thing. Even with migration, you definitely required on-premise hardware which needs maintenance

Even you can think of buying refurbished x86 server and contract with Navigator System maintenance contract can save you an average of 50-80% off the original OEM list price.

IBM Server maintenance for IBM POWER 6 & 7 servers

Navigator system Third party maintenance for IBM zSeries, IBM pSeries (Power5 – 7), IBM iSeries (AS/400), IBM pSeries (RS/6000) servers.

IBM Hardware maintenance end of support dates for both IBM POWER 6 and 7 servers

Stay on IBM POWER 6 and accept on an unsupported version of IBM I in April 2018 and continue without IBM hardware maintenance after the 31st of March 2019.

Stay on IBM POWER 6 and accept on an unsupported version of IBM I in April 2018 and take out third-party maintenance after the 31st of March 2018

Upgrade from IBM POWER 6 to a newer IBM POWER server that does support IBM I 7.2/3 and will have IBM hardware maintenance support beyond March 2019.

IBM POWER 6 – End of support date is the 31/03/2019

  • 7998 61X ECLIPZ Blade
  • 9119 FHA Power 595
  • 9125 F2A Power 575
  • 8203 E4A Power 520
  • 9407 M15 Power 520 Express
  • 8204 E8A Power 550
  • 8234 EMA Power 560
  • 9117 MMA Power 570
  • 9406 MMA i570
  • 9409 M50 Power 550 Express

 IBM POWER 7 – End of support date 30/09/2019

  • 7893 92X Power Chassis
  • 8406 70Y PS700 Blade
  • 8406 71Y PS701/702 Blade
  • 9125 F2C Power 775
  • 9179 MHB Power 780
  • 8202 E4B Power 720
  • 8205 E6B Power 740
  • 8231 E1C Power 710
  • 8231 E2B Power 710/730
  • 8233 E8B Power 750
  • 9117 MMB Power 770
  • 8246 L1C PowerLinux 7R1
  • 8246 L1S PowerLinux 7R1
  • 8246 L2C PowerLinux 7R2
  • 8246 L2S PowerLinux 7R2

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How Intel Xeon Scalable processors support data-center storage?

Intel Xeon Scalable processors

Data Center Storage benefits are hot-plug capability for NVMe SSDs and software RAID. But it is possible without needing an extra add-in card because Intel has added storage-centric innovations on the processor, chipset accelerators and networking, media and software. In future, VMware may use these technology in vSphere cloud-computing virtualization platform and other OEM can release the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors and high-speed NVMe storage.

Virtual RAID on CPU:

A new software package VROC that combines with Volume Management Device (VMD) processor hardware for RAID volume management.

With this package, storage servers based on the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors can not only connect NVMe drives via a PCIe connection, but also enable NVMe RAID.

There is no need for a third-party RAID controller for RAID enablement. Using a hardware key for activation, this function is integrated into the CPU. This allows for higher speeds along the PCIe bus in a more efficient manner and eliminates the worry of a third-party card failure in the system.

Volume Management Device:

VMD enables hot-swap replacement of NVMe SSDs from the PCIe bus without shutting down the system.

We know that SATA drives offering this but now VMD makes hot-swapping of an NVMe SSD.

LED management provides quick identification of SSD status online to service an SSD. Really helpful in a roomful of server racks.

Connectivity Lanes:

In the data center, storage often involves clustering, and that means networking. So the new Intel Xeon Scalable platform integrates iWARP RDMA Ethernet, allowing one node to quickly get data from another node.

It’s important to have balanced memory and lane connectivity when connecting latest SSDs. To address this requirement, the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors increase both the lane counts and memory channels to increase throughput

Vendor Support:

Intel has shared VMD with its entire storage ecosystem with OEMs/ ODMs and SSD vendor products running on Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

The Intel Xeon Scalable processor family makes more than a powerful addition to your customers’ data center servers. It’s also an important platform for their data-center storage.

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