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Cisco Systems® announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco IOS Hybrid Software Release 12.2SX. Cisco will not have any Cisco IOS Hybrid development after 12.2SX release train, so the dates specified in this announcement would also be the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for entire Cisco IOS Hybrid. The last day to order the Cisco IOS Hybrid Software Release 12.2SX is January 29, 2008. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as shown in Table 1 of the EoL bulletin. The Cisco IOS Hybrid is loaded on the Multilayer Switch Feature Card (MSFC) or Route Processor (RP) to provide Layer 3 routing functionality on the Catalyst 6500 switch. This software works only in conjunction with the Catalyst OS software loaded on the Switch Processor (SP). Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the Cisco IOS Hybrid Software Release 12.2SX. Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement.
Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco Hybrid IOS Software Release 12.2SX
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.
July 31, 2007
The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.
January 29, 2008
Last Ship Date: OS SW
The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time.
April 28, 2008
End of SW Maintenance Releases Date: OS SW
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.
January 28, 2009
End of New Service Attachment Date: OS SW
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.
January 28, 2009
End of Service Contract Renewal Date: OS SW
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.
April 25, 2012
Last Date of Support: OS SW
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.
January 27, 2013
HW = Hardware
OS SW = Operating System Software
App. SW = Application Software
Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement
The recommended replacement for the Cisco IOS Hybrid 12.2SX is Cisco IOS Release 12.2SX Native images. Table 3 provides a migration recommendation for the existing the Supervisor Engines and Cisco IOS Hybrid configurations. Migrating to the latest Supervisor Engines with Cisco IOS Native software provides significant technology and operational management benefits including:
• Superior performance of up to 400Mpps with Supervisor Engine 720 and Distributed Forwarding technology.
• Hardware-based high performance services such as IPv6, MPLS VPN, EoMPLS, NAT and Control Plane Policing.
• Cisco IOS Software Modularity with fault containment, stateful process restart and Subsystem In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) that boosts operational efficiency and minimizes downtime.
• High-performance hardware-accelerated Stateful Application Intelligence and Deep Packet Inspection security with Supervisor Engine 32 PISA.
• Enhanced operational manageability with Embedded Event Manager (EEM), Cisco Call Home, multicast netflow, IP SLA and LLDP and LLDP-MED.
For more information about Cisco IOS Hybrid migration, please go to the following web site that provides the Cisco IOS Hybrid migration resources such as Cisco Catalyst OS migration FAQ, Cisco Hybrid IOS feature comparison document
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/. The Cisco TMP application requires all users to have a Cisco.com user ID.
Customers may be able to continue to purchase the end-of-sale product through Cisco's Authorized Refurbished Equipment program. Refurbished units of the end-of-sale product are available in limited supply for sale in certain countries on a first-come, first-served basis. For information about the refurbished equipment program, go to