Cisco Systems® announces the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for the Cisco® MDS 9000 Family Advanced Services Module. The last day to order the affected product is May 15, 2006. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until May 15, 2011.
Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product. Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement.
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Storage Services Module, which hosts innovative intelligent fabric applications such as network-hosted, network-assisted, and network-accelerated storage applications. Information about the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Storage Services Module can be found at
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6293. Table 3 provides relevant information for migrating to the replacement product.
Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Advanced Services Module
End-of-Life Announcement Date
The date the document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product is distributed to the general public.
November 15, 2005
The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.
May 15, 2006
Last Shipment Date
The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time.
August 15, 2006
End of Software Maintenance Releases Date
The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering will no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software.
May 15, 2007
End of Routine Failure Analysis Date
The last-possible date a routine failure analysis may be performed to determine the cause of product failure or defect.
May 15, 2007
End of New Service Attachment Date
For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, this is the last date to order a new service-and-support contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing service-and-support contract.
May 15, 2007
End of Service Contract Renewal Date
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.
November 15, 2010
Last Date of Support
The last date to receive service and support for the product. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.
May 15, 2011
Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement
End-of-Sale Product Part Number
Replacement Product Part Number
Replacement Product Description
Cisco MDS 9000 Family Advanced Services Module
Cisco MDS 9000 Family Storage Services Module
Cisco MDS 9000 Family Advanced Services Module, spare
Cisco MDS 9000 Family Storage Services Module, spare
PRODUCT MIGRATION OPTIONS
The recommended replacement for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Advanced Services Module is the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Storage Services Module (Table 3). The Cisco MDS 9000 Family Storage Services Module is the designed platform to run all the present and future Cisco intelligent fabric applications. The Cisco Storage Services Module enables these new solutions based on open standards such as Fabric Application Interface Standard (FAIS) or protocols such as SANTap, which deliver a common framework for implementing storage applications in storage area networks (SANs). The last supported software release for the Cisco Advanced Services Module is Cisco MDS 9000 Family SAN-OS 2.1(1).
Table 3. Product Comparisons
Cisco Advanced Services Module
Cisco Storage Services Module
Fixed 1/2 Gbps Fibre Channel Ports
Embedded ASICs for Inline SCSI Processing
VERITAS Storage Foundation for Networks
Network-Accelerated Serverless Backup
Network-Assisted Storage Applications with the SANTap Protocol
Network-Hosted Storage Applications with the FAIS-Based Intelligent Storage Application Programmatic Interface (ISAPI)