Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cisco Catalyst 3750 and 3560 Switches Go End of Life

Did you know? As of yesterday, January 30th, 2013, you are no longer able to purchase new Cisco Catalyst 3750G, 3560G, 3750-E, and 3560-E switches. And I don’t just mean direct from the manufacturer, but anywhere in the market. And since these are popular Cisco Catalyst switches, this will cause some dismay for those currently standardized on 3750G, 3560G, 3750-E, and 3560-E switches.

Anyone standardized on Cisco Catalyst 3750G, 3560G, 3750E, and 3560E switches will now be forced to upgrade their environment.  Since Cisco will still support these switches, upgrading is an unnecessary expense for many companies who don’t need to make the jump to the latest and greatest Cisco switch technologies.

While the manufacturer might be pushing you to upgrade, the secondary market still allows you to get used and refurbished Cisco Catalyst 3750G, 3560G, 3750-E, and 3560-E switches. And this means that you’ll benefit anyways, because refurbished equipment costs significantly less than new equipment, while offering the same technology and performance, and often the same warranty and support.

So while January 30th, 2013 may have come and gone as the deadline for new Cisco 3750G, 3560G, 3750-E, and 3560-E switches, remember that you aren’t backed into a corner – refurbished switches are still a viable option.