Cisco Systems® announces the end of life of the Cisco® SN 5420 Storage Router, effective May 27, 2003. The last day to order the Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router is November 27, 2003. Customers will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until November 27, 2008. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the Cisco SN 5420.
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco SN 5428-2, which provides all the functions available in the Cisco SN 5420. Also, the SN 5428-2 provides higher performance, an additional Gigabit Ethernet port, and an integrated 8-port Fibre Channel switch. In addition to the standard Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) supported features, the SN 5428-2 supports Fibre Channel over Interface Protocol (FCIP) for doing SAN island interconnects (this feature replaces the iSCSI SAN Interconnect (ISI) feature available in the SN 5420). Information about this product is available at:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/ps4159/ps2160/products_data_sheet09186a0080161141.html . Table 3 provides relevant information for migrating from the Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router to the Cisco SN 5428-2 Storage Router.
In addition, Cisco Systems is announcing the end of life for version 1.8.x of the Cisco iSCSI drivers for Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux, AIX 4.3.3, and HP-UX 10.2. The RFC version of the iSCSI IETF standard is complete and newer versions of these drivers are now available.
Table 1 End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco SN 5420 Storage Router
Table 2 Product Part Numbers Affected by this Announcement
|End-of-Sale Product Part Number|
|Cisco iSCSI SN5420-FW-1.X|
|Cisco iSCSI SN5420-FW-2.X|
|HPUX 10.2-iSCSI 1.8.1|
The recommended replacement for the Cisco SN 5420 is the Cisco SN 5428-2. A comparison of the features available in the two products is shown in Table 3. The recommended replacements for the iSCSI version 1.8.x drivers are shown in Table 4.
Table 3 Product Comparisons
|Cisco SN5420 Storage Router||Cisco SN5428-2 Storage Router|
|Fibre Channel ports|
|Gigabit Ethernet ports|
|iSCSI SAN interconnect|
|Service Location Protocol (SLP) support|
|iSCSI RFC support|
|Secure Shell/Secure Sockets Layer|
Table 4 Recommended Replacement Products
|Product||Cisco EOL Product||Cisco Replacement Product|
|SN 5420 firmware|
|SN 5420 firmware|
|iSCSI AIX driver|
|iSCSI HPUX 10.2 driver|
|iSCSI Linux driver|
|iSCSI NT driver|
|iSCSI Solaris driver|
|iSCSI Windows 2000 driver|
Customers can use the Cisco Technology Migration Plan (TMP) to trade in products and receive credit toward the purchase of new Cisco equipment. For more information about Cisco TMP, go to: http://www.cisco.com/go/tradein/ . Channel Partners should contact their Cisco Channel account manager for assistance.