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Cisco Crosswork Network Controller Software Release Model and Release Support Timeline

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Note: This product bulletin describes the release model and support timelines for Cisco Crosswork Network Controller (CNC) software starting from version 3.0 onwards. For Cisco CNC 1.x and 2.x release, please refer to the Release documentation in cisco.com.

Introduction

This product bulletin describes the release and support guidelines for Cisco Crosswork Network Controller.

Cisco Crosswork Network Controller software follows a time-based model with major and minor releases that delivers new functions, features and enhancements to existing capabilities. This approach enables Cisco to introduce stable and feature rich software releases in a reliable and predictable cadence.

The information contained in this document is informational only and is subject to change. Cisco recommends that you periodically check here to ensure you are reviewing the most current version of this document.

Cisco Crosswork Network Controller Software Release Delivery

Cisco is introducing an updated software release delivery model and specific EOL guidelines starting with the Cisco Crosswork Network Controller 3.0 software release.

Types of Software Releases

The Cisco Crosswork Network Controller Software model has three types of software releases. Each release type has its own content, scope and release frequency. Major and minor releases are time-based with 6-month cadence. The patch is released on per-need basis to address critical software defects.

The examples in these guidelines use the X.Y.Z format for release version numbers, for example 2.1.1.

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Likely to cause a change to X:

     Introduce significant market value, including infrastructure or architectural changes, new use-cases. For example, Release 2.0 introduced Clustering based High Availability architecture.

Likely to cause a change to Y:

     New functions, features and enhancement to existing capabilities.

Likely to cause a change to Z:

     Bug fixes. For example, a patch release can include security patches and fixes to CFDs (Customer Found Defects).

Cisco may alter the frequency of this release interval upon customers' feedback and market conditions in the future, but every attempt is made to maintain a time-based release.

Release Support Timeline

Cisco Crosswork Network Controller Release Milestones

Cisco Crosswork Network Controller software 3.0 and later versions will adhere to the guidelines presented below:

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GA: General Availability
Q: Calendar Quarter
M: Month

Table 1.           Cisco Crosswork Network Controller Release Software End-of-Sale and End-of-Life milestones

Milestone

Definition

Timing

End of SW Maintenance

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 for the version A.B

GA + 6Q (18M)

Last Day of Support

The last date to receive applicable service and support for the product as entitled by active service contracts or by warranty terms and conditions.

After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete. Cisco recommends customers to migrate to the newer available software release before the support expires.

GA + 10Q (30M)

End-of-Life Guideline Definition

The Cisco Crosswork Network Controller software version 3.0 (GA date of Nov 2021) is the first Release that will adhere to the guidelines presented here.

     The EOL timeline, per the guidelines in Table 1, for a (major or minor) release will begin at the GA of each subsequent (major or minor) release. For example, as of GA of version 3.0, the EOL timeline begins for version 2.0, the previous release.

     There will no longer EOL announcements for version 2.0 or later.

     Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) for Cisco Crosswork Network Controller as per timelines stated in Table 1.

     Cisco recommends customers to migrate to the newer software release before the support expires as per the published guidelines.

Cisco Crosswork Network Controller Security Vulnerability Resolution for Critical or High Security impact rating

     As per Cisco Security and Vulnerability policy, Cisco will make commercially reasonable effort to address Critical or High security vulnerabilities in the impacted Cisco Crosswork Network Controller (CNC) offering until the date of End of Software maintenance (EoSWM).

     Security and Vulnerability patches for all active Cisco Crosswork Network Controller (CNC) releases (i.e. General Avail-able releases that didn’t reach the EoSWM) will have a cadence of 6 months aligned with the First Customer Shipment (FCS) of the most current major/minor releases (X.Y).

Recommended Release

Cisco Crosswork Network Controller recommends customers to migrate to the latest GA (Generally Available) release. Pease refer release bulletin page.

The recommendation is to use the latest available patch release for the feature release.

Upgrade Paths

For information on the supported upgrade paths, refer to the Cisco Crosswork Network Controller Install and Upgrade Guide.

Customers are encouraged to migrate to Cisco Crosswork Network Controller recommended patch release. For information on the current releases, refer to the Cisco Crosswork Network Controller recommended release bulletin page. Cisco Crosswork Network Controller Customer’s with an active Cisco Support contract are eligible to download and upgrade to the latest releases using the Software Updates feature within Cisco Crosswork Network Controller.

Cisco Services

Cisco offers a wide range of services programs to accelerate customer success. These innovative services programs are delivered through a unique combination of resources, processes, tools, and partners, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco Services help you protect your network investment, optimize network operations, and prepare your network for new applications to extend network intelligence and the power of your business. For more information about Cisco Services, refer to: https://www.cisco.com/go/services.

Learn more

For more information about the Cisco Crosswork Network Controller product line visit the following page: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/software/dna-software/index.html.

or contact your local Cisco account manager.

For information about Cisco service and support programs and benefits, visit: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/services/technical/software-support.html.

 

 

 

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