Gartner Research

Know When It's Time to Replace Enterprise Network Equipment

Published: 15 August 2012

ID: G00235400

Analyst(s): Caio Misticone, Mark Fabbi


Four primary factors determine the useful life of network equipment: market innovation, vendor end-of-life policies, operating life and operating cost. Failing to properly assess the EOL of equipment will result in premature equipment replacement or increased risks for the organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Useful Life Guidelines
  • Factors That Determine Useful Life
    • Market Innovation
    • Vendor EOL Policies
    • Operating Life
    • Operating Cost
  • Questions to Consider
    • What impact will a failure have on the network?
    • Is the device restricted to internal networks or is it exposed to the Internet?
    • Is it part of a system or does it operate stand-alone?
    • Is there increasing risk of component failure?
    • How stable is the deployment?

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