Cisco ONS 15454 Series Multiservice Provisioning Platforms

EOL for XC-10G Cross-Connect Card for ONS 15454 SDH MSPP

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Product Bulletin, No. 2273

Product Migration Options

Additional Information

Product Bulletin, No. 2273

End-of-Life Announcement for the XC-10G Card for the
Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Multiservice Provisioning Platform

Cisco Systems® announces the end of life of the XC-10G cross-connection card for the Cisco® ONS 15454 SDH Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP). The last day to order the Cisco XC-10G card for the ONS 15454 SDH MSPP is March 1, 2004. Customers will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until March 1, 2009. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the Cisco XC-10G part. Table 2 outlines the Cisco product part numbers affected by this announcement.

Customers are encouraged to begin deploying the Cisco ONS 15454E-XC-VXL-10G cross-connection card providing new and enhanced bandwidth-management capabilities, including VC-4, VC-3, and VC-12 granular grooming support.

Table 1  End-of-Life Milestones and Dates

External end-of-life announcement date

The date the end-of-sale and end-of-life announcement is distributed to the general public.

Sept. 1, 2003

End-of-sale date

The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.

March 1, 2004

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.

June 1, 2004

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.

March 1, 2005

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.

March 1, 2005

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.

March 1, 2005

End of service contract renewal date

The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product. The extension or renewal period cannot extend beyond the last date of support.

March 1, 2008

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.

March 1, 2009

Table 2  Affected and Replacement Product Part Numbers

End-of-Sale Product Part Number
End-of-Sale Product Description
Replacement Product

SDH AU4 Cross-Connect Module, High-Order


SDH AU4 Cross-Connect Module, High-Order (spare)


1 15454E-XC-VXL2.5G is the alternative replacement product for the XC-10G for STM-16 based systems only. STM-64 based systems require the 15454E-XC-VXL-10G for replacement.

Product Migration Options

The replacement for the Cisco XC-10G cross-connect card is either the Cisco XC-VXL-10G cross-connect card for 10-Gbps-based systems and 2.5-Gbps-based systems with upgrade plans for 10-Gbps operation or the Cisco XC-VXL-2.5G cross-connect card for 2.5-Gbps-based systems. An in-service cross-connect upgrade procedure from the XC-10G card to the XC-VXL-10G card or XC-VXL2.5G card is documented in the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Software Release 4.x user documentation. Tables 3 and 4 provide product comparisons and compatibility information for the cross-connect cards.

Table 3  Product Comparisons

End-of-Life Product/
Cisco XC-10G Card
Replacement Product/
Cisco XC-VXL2.5G Card
Replacement Product/
Cisco XC-VXL-10G Card
Software support

Through Cisco ONS 15454 Software Release 4.x.x

Beginning with
Cisco ONS 15454
Software Release 4.0.x

Beginning with
Cisco ONS 15454
Software Release 4.0.x

VC-4 cross-connection capacity




VC-3 cross-connection capacity

Not supported



VC-12 cross-connection capacity

Not supported



Part number

Table 4  Release Support

Release Number
Support of Cisco XC-10G Card
Support of Cisco XC-VXL2.5G Card
Support of Cisco XC-VXL-10G Card
















For applications that do not require low order, VC-3 or VC-12 grooming the XC-10G cross-connect card can continue to be used in the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH shelf and does not need to be upgraded. However, migration from the XC-10G to XC-VXL-10G cross-connect card will enhance the versatility of the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH platform, allowing support for aggregation of E1s, E3s and DS-3 service interfaces. The Cisco Technology Migration Program is available to assist customers who are planning to upgrade from XC-10G to XC-VXL-10G cross-connect cards. Please contact your Cisco equipment representative for details.

Additional Information

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