Arista Networks Product Life Cycle Policy for:

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

[Life Cycle Policy updated on April 1, 2021]
 
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>

The Product Lifecycle policy guidelines apply to all major and minor releases only. Patch releases will follow the end-of-life policy milestones of the corresponding minor release.

 
Maintenance Phase
  • DMF and CCF software releases in this phase will only receive incremental fixes. No new functionality will be added.
  • TAC support available
Support Only Phase
  • DMF and CCF software releases in this phase will receive ongoing TAC support only.
  • 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 End of Support Date
(+36 months from initial release)
DMF 8.0.x 22-Dec-2020 01-Jan-2024
BMF 7.3.x 22-Jun-2020 01-Dec-2024
BMF 7.2.x 26-Nov-2019 01-Dec-2024
BMF 7.1.x 02-Apr-2019 01-May-2022
BMF 7.0.x 11-Nov-2018 01-Dec-2023
BMF 6.3.x 28-Feb-2018 01-Mar-2021 - End of Support
BMF 6.2.x 22-Nov-2017 01-Dec-2022
BMF 6.1.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 End of Support Date
(+36 months from initial release)
BCF 5.3.x 01-May-2020 01-Dec-2024
BCF 5.2.x 22-Nov-2019 01-Dec-2022
BCF 5.1.x 03-May-2019 01-Jun-2022
BCF 5.0.x 14-Feb-2019 01-Mar-2022
BCF 4.7.x 25-May-2018 01-Jun-2023
BCF 4.6.x 15-Feb-2018 01-Mar-2021 - End of Support
BCF 4.5.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 or till the manufacturer’s end-of-life date of the hardware, whichever is sooner.
  • 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 5 years from the end-of-sale date or till the manufacturer's end-of-life date of the hardware, whichever is sooner.
  • 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

Note: * HW repair or replacement will be available for 5 years from the end-of-sale date or till the manufacturer’s end-of-life date for the hardware, whichever is sooner.

 

Hardware Appliance Life Cycle

(Controller Appliance, Service Node, Recorder Node, Analytics Node)
DMF Controller Hardware Appliance First Supported Release End-of-Sale End-of-Life Last Supported Release
BMF CTLR HWDL 28-Feb-2018 (BMF 6.3.0)      
BMF CTLR HWB 14-Sep-2015 (BMF 5.0.0) 10-Aug-2018 09-Aug-2023 BMF 7.3.x
BMF CTLR HW 08-Aug-2013 (BMF 2.0.0) 14-Sep-2015 01-Apr-2018 BMF 6.2.x
DMF Service Node Hardware Appliance First Supported Release End-of-Sale End-of-Life Last Supported Release
BMF Service Node HWDL 02-Apr-2019 (BMF 7.1.0)      
BMF Service Node HWC 11-Nov-2018 (BMF 7.0.0)      
BMF Service Node HWBL 07-Mar-2017 (BMF 6.0.0) 06-Feb-2019 05-Feb-2023 BMF 7.3.x
BMF Service Node HW 19-Dec-2015 (BMF 5.5.0) 06-Feb-2019 05-Feb-2023 BMF 7.3.x
DMF Recorder Node Hardware Appliance First Supported Release End-of-Sale End-of-Life Last Supported Release
BMF Recorder Node HWA3 20-Dec-2019 (BMF 7.2.2)      
BMF Recorder Node HWA2 26-Nov-2019 (BMF 7.2.1) 19-Dec-2019 18-Dec-2024  
BMF Recorder Node HWA 30-Mar-2018 (BMF 6.3.2) 25-Nov-2019 24-Nov-2024  
DMF Analytics Node Hardware Appliance First Supported Release End-of-Sale End-of-Life Last Supported Release
BMF Analytics Node HWA2 26-Nov-2019 (BMF 7.2.1)      
BMF Analytics Node HWA 30-Mar-2018 (BMF 6.3.2) 25-Nov-2019 24-Nov-2024  
CCF Controller Hardware Appliance First Supported Release End-of-Sale End-of-Life Last Supported Release
BCF CTLR HWELN 31-Oct-2018 (BCF-4.7.3)      
BCF CTLR HWDL 25-May-2018 (BCF 4.7.0)      
BCF CTLR HWCL 09-Jul-2017 (BCF 4.2.0) 06-Feb-2019 05-Feb-2023 BCF-5.3.x
BCF CTLR HWB 16-Aug-2015 (BCF-3.0.0) 10-Aug-2018 09-Aug-2023 BCF-5.3.x
BCF CTLR HWBL 16-Aug-2015 (BCF-3.0.0) 10-Aug-2018 09-Aug-2023 BCF-5.3.x
BCF CTLR HW 30-Sep-2014 (BCF-2.0.0) 16-Aug-2015 01-Dec-2017  -

 

Switch Hardware Lifecycle

For Arista Switch HW End-of-Life, please visit: https://www.arista.com/en/support/product-documentation/five-year-end-of-life-policy  

Arista Switch HW First Supported Release End-of-Sale End-of-Life Last Supported Release
DCS-7050CX3-32S 22-Dec-2020 (BMF 8.0.0)      
DCS-7050SX3-48YC8 22-Dec-2020 (BMF 8.0.0)      

For Dell EMC Switch HW End-of-Life, please visit: https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/networkingwarranty/cp/networkingwarranty  

Dell Switch HW First Supported Release End-of-Sale End-of-Life Last Supported Release
Dell S3048-ON 12-Sep-2018 (BCF-4.7.1)      
Dell S4048-ON 01-May-2015 (BCF 2.6.0)
03-May-2015 (BMF 4.5.0)
30-Dec-2020 30-Dec-2025  
Dell S4048T-ON  22-Dec-2016 (BCF 4.0.0) 30-Dec-2020 30-Dec-2025  
Dell S4112F-ON 11-Nov-2018 (BMF 7.0.0)
03-May-2019 (BCF 5.1.0)
     
Dell S4112T-ON 03-May-2019 (BCF 5.1.0)      
Dell S4148F-ON  15-Feb-2018 (BCF 4.6.0)
26-Nov-2019 (BMF 7.2.1)
     
Dell S4148T-ON 15-Feb-2018 (BCF 4.6.0)      
Dell S5048-ON  25-May-2018 (BCF 4.7.0)
29-Jun-2018 (BMF 6.3.4)
     
Dell S5232F-ON 14-Feb-2019 (BCF 5.0.0)
26-Nov-2019 (BMF 7.2.1)
     
Dell S5248-ON 14-Feb-2019 (BCF 5.0.0)
02-Apr-2019 (BMF 7.1.0)
     
Dell S6000-ON  28-Oct-2014 (BMF 4.1.0)
30-Jun-2016 (BCF 3.6.0)
30-Jul-2017 30-Jul-2022 BMF 7.3

BCF 5.3
Dell S6010-ON  10-Nov-2016 (BMF 5.8.1)
22-Dec-2016 (BCF 4.0.0)
30-Oct-2020 30-Oct-2025  
Dell S6100-ON  10-Nov-2016 (BMF 5.8.1)
22-Dec-2016 (BCF 4.0.0)
30-Sep-2019 30-Sep-2024  
Dell Z9100-ON 30-Apr-2016 (BMF 5.6.0)
09-Jul-2017 (BCF 4.2.0)
30-Dec-2020 30-Dec-2025  
Dell Z9264-ON 31-Oct-2018 (BCF 4.7.3)
26-Nov-2019 (BMF 7.2.1)
     
Dell EMC Switch Firmware Upgrade Resource Manual

Firmware Upgrade Manual for Dell Switches:
Firmware Updgrade

  For Edge-Core Switch HW End-of-Life, please visit:  https://www.edge-core.com/productsEOL.php  

Edge-Core Switch HW First Supported Release End-of-Sale End-of-Life Last Supported Release
AS5712-54X 19-Dec-2015 (BMF 5.5.0)
20-Dec-2015 (BCF 3.5.0)
  01-Apr-2020 -
-
AS5812-54T 10-Nov-2016 (BMF 5.8.1)
22-Dec-2016 (BCF 4.0.0)
     
AS5812-54X 10-Nov-2016 (BMF 5.8.1)
22-Dec-2016 (BCF 4.0.0)
     
AS6712-32X 19-Dec-2015 (BMF 5.5.0)
20-Dec-2015 (BCF 3.5.0)
  01-Apr-2020 -
-
AS6812-32X 10-Nov-2016 (BMF 5.8.1)
22-Dec-2016 (BCF 4.0.0)
     
AS7312-54XS 11-Nov-2018 (BMF 7.0.0)      
AS7326-56X 22-Nov-2019 (BCF 5.2.0)
22-Jun-2020 (BMF 7.3.0)
     
AS7712-32X 30-Apr-2016 (BMF 5.6.0)
09-Jul-2017 (BCF 4.2.0)
     
AS7726-32X 22-Nov-2019 (BCF 5.2.0)
22-Jun-2020 (BMF 7.3.0)
     
AS7816-64X 22-Nov-2019 (BCF 5.2.0)
26-Nov-2019 (BMF 7.2.1)
     

 

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 solutions, please contact your Arista sales representative or contact us at: sales@arista.com

 

Revision Date Policy Changes
1.2 Mar 24, 2021 Added switch and appliance hardware End of Life information
1.1 Dec 11, 2020 Changed naming convention to not use 'F' / 'M' suffix
1.0 May 10, 2020 Initial release