Arista Networks Product Life Cycle Policy for:

DANZ Monitoring Fabric (DMF) and Converged Cloud Fabric (CCF)

[Life Cycle Policy created as of May 10, 2020]
 
Note: DANZ Monitoring Fabric (DMF) is a rebranding of Big Monitoring Fabric (BMF)
Converged Cloud Fabric (CCF) is a rebranding of Big Cloud Fabric (BCF)
 

This document covers both software and hardware appliance life cycle policy for DMF and CCF.

DMF and CCF Software Life Cycle

Arista Networks DANZ Monitoring Fabric (DMF) and Converged Cloud Fabric (CCF) Software Release Policy and Life Cycle guidelines help customers and partners facilitate DMF and CCF migration and plan multi-year infrastructure deployment. Arista will support each major DMF and CCF software release for up to 36 months from the date of initial posting for a particular train.

To assist customers in selecting the right DMF / CCF software release for their environments, Arista follows a standard naming convention for DMF / CCF releases. The naming convention identifies if a particular release is integrating new feature functionality, or has reached software maintenance mode.

Version numbering scheme:
<major version>.<minor version>.<patch version>F/M

Each software release is identified with either the letter "F" indicating that the release contains new Functionality or "M", denoting that the release is in the Maintenance phase. An "M" release only receives incremental fixes and no new functionality is added.

Note: This versioning scheme will apply to releases starting with DMF 8.0 and CCF 6.0.

 
New Feature Phase Maintenance Phase Support Only Phase
  • DMF and CCF software releases will be identified with the letter "F" indicating that the release contains new feature/functionality
  • TAC support available
  • DMF and CCF software release will be identified with the letter "M" for maintenance phase An M release only receives incremental fixes and no new functionality is added
  • TAC support available
  • Ongoing TAC support
  • Software upgrade required for bug fixes
 

DANZ Monitoring Fabric Software Lifecycle

The following table depicts the Arista DMF release support matrix, including the timelines for each major Arista DMF software train (based on the 36 month lifecycle policy) and the current state of TAC support for each train.

Releases Initial Release Date Release Phases End of Support Date
(+36 months from initial release)
BMF 7.2.x 26-Nov-2019 Maintenance Phase 01-Dec-2024
BMF 7.1.x 02-Apr-2019 Maintenance Phase 01-May-2022
BMF 7.0.x 11-Nov-2018 Maintenance Phase 01-Dec-2023
BMF 6.3.x 28-Feb-2018 Maintenance Phase 01-Mar-2021
BMF 6.2.x 22-Nov-2017 Maintenance Phase 01-Dec-2022
BMF 6.1.x 21-Sep-2017 Maintenance Phase 01-Oct-2020
BMF 6.0.x and earlier releases have reached End of Support.

Note: Future dates are for general planning purposes and are subject to change

 

Converged Cloud Fabric Software Lifecycle

The following table depicts the Arista CCF release support matrix, including the timelines for each major Arista CCF software train (based on the 36 month lifecycle policy) and the current state of TAC support for each train.

Releases Initial Release Date Release Phases End of Support Date
(+36 months from initial release)
BCF 5.3.x 01-May-2020 New Feature Phase 01-Jun-2023
BCF 5.2.x 22-Nov-2019 Maintenance Phase 01-Dec-2022
BCF 5.1.x 03-May-2019 Maintenance Phase 01-Jun-2022
BCF 5.0.x 14-Feb-2019 Maintenance Phase 01-Mar-2022
BCF 4.7.x 25-May-2018 Maintenance Phase 01-Jun-2023
BCF 4.6.x 15-Feb-2018 Maintenance Phase 01-Mar-2021
BCF 4.5.x 03-Nov-2017 Maintenance Phase 01-Dec-2020
BCF 4.2.x 09-Jul-2017 Maintenance Phase 01-Aug-2020
BCF 4.1.x 15-Feb-2017 End of Support 01-Mar-2020
BCF 4.0.x and earlier releases have reached End of Support.

Note: Future dates are for general planning purposes and are subject to change

 

DMF and CCF Hardware Appliance Life Cycle

As technology evolves, there comes a time when it is better for our customers to transition to newer platforms. Arista's End-of-Sale and End-of-Life policy is designed to help customers identify such life-cycle transitions and plan their infrastructure deployments with a multi-year outlook.

All End-of-Sale and End-of-Life announcements will be made on Arista's website. Milestones in the life cycle of our products is as follows:

  • An End-of-Sale announcement will be posted on our website 6 months prior to the last day to order the product
  • All customers who have a valid service contract will receive 24x7 support from Arista TAC for up to 5 years from the end-of-sale date of the product. This last day to get support will be referred to as the end-of-life date for the product.
  • Software bug fixes will be available for up to 3 years from the end-of-sale date. Fixes for critical security vulnerabilities will be available through the end of life. Customers may be required to upgrade to a newer software release to get the bug fixes.
  • Hardware repair or replacement will be available for up to 5 years from the end-of-sale date.
  • Customers can renew service contracts up to 1 year prior to the end-of-life date.
 

End-of-Sale & End-of-Life Milestones at a Glance

Milestone 6 Months Prior End of Sale 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year
End-of-Sale announcement X            
Last day to Order the product (End-of-Sale)   X          
Add or attach new service contracts     X        
Last day to receive software bug fixes         X    
Renew existing service contracts           X  
Last day to receive 24x7 TAC support (with valid service contract)             X
Last day for hardware support (hardware replacement or repair, with valid service contract)             X
End of Life of the product             X
 

Hardware Appliance Life Cycle

(Controller Appliance, Service Node, Recorder Node, Analytics Node)
DMF Controller Hardware Appliance FCS EoS EoL
BMF CTLR HWDL 28-Feb-2018    
BMF CTLR HWB 14-Sep-2015 10-Aug-2018 09-Aug-2023
BMF CTLR HW 08-Aug-2013 14-Sep-2015 01-Apr-2018
DMF Service Node Hardware Appliance FCS EoS EoL
BMF Service Node HWDL 02-Apr-2019    
BMF Service Node HWC 11-Nov-2018    
BMF Service Node HWBL 07-Mar-2017 06-Feb-2019 05-Feb-2023
BMF Service Node HW 19-Dec-2015 06-Feb-2019 05-Feb-2023
DMF Recorder Node Hardware Appliance FCS EoS EoL
BMF Recorder Node HWA3 20-Dec-2019    
BMF Recorder Node HWA2 26-Nov-2019 19-Dec-2019 18-Dec-2024
BMF Recorder Node HWA 30-Mar-2018 25-Nov-2019 24-Nov-2024
DMF Analytics Node Hardware Appliance FCS EoS EoL
BMF Analytics Node HWA2 26-Nov-2019    
BMF Analytics Node HWA 30-Mar-2018 25-Nov-2019  
CCF Controller Hardware Appliance FCS EoS EoL
BCF CTLR HWELN 31-Oct-2018    
BCF CTLR HWDL 25-May-2018    
BCF CTLR HWCL 09-Jul-2017 06-Feb-2019 05-Feb-2023
BCF CTLR HWB 16-Aug-2015 10-Aug-2018 09-Aug-2023
BCF CTLR HWBL 16-Aug-2015 10-Aug-2018 09-Aug-2023
BCF CTLR HW 30-Sep-2014 16-Aug-2015 01-Dec-2017

 

Switch Hardware Lifecycle

For Arista Switch HW EoL, please visit: Five Year End of Life Policy
For Edge-Core Switch HW EoL, please visit: Products EOL
For Dell EMC Switch HW EoL, please visit: Networking Warranty

BMF Support on HPE Hardware

Support for BMF on HPE Hardware (Controllers, Service Nodes, Switches) will end once BMF 7.3 release reaches End of Support. For support on HPE HW related issues, please reach out to your HPE sales representative.

If you need assistance with DMF/CCF software migration options, please contact your Arista sales representative or contact us at: sales@arista.com