Arista Networks Product Life Cycle Policy for:

DANZ Monitoring Fabric (DMF), Converged Cloud Fabric (CCF) and Multi Cloud Director (MCD)

[Life Cycle Policy updated on April 18, 2022]
 
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, CCF and MCD, as applicable.

DMF, CCF and MCD Software Life Cycle

Arista Networks DANZ Monitoring Fabric (DMF), Converged Cloud Fabric (CCF) and Multi Cloud Director (MCD) Software Release Policy and Life Cycle guidelines help customers and partners facilitate DMF, CCF and MCD migration and plan multi-year infrastructure deployment. Arista will support each major DMF, CCF and MCD 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 / MCD software release for their environments, Arista follows a standard naming convention for DMF / CCF / MCD 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, CCF and MCD software releases in this phase will only receive incremental fixes. No new functionality will be added.
  • TAC support available
Support Only Phase
  • DMF, CCF and MCD 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 8.2.x 21-Apr-2022 01-May-2025
DMF 8.1.x 11-Jun-2021 01-Jul-2024
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)
CCF 6.1.x 12-Apr-2022 01-May-2025
CCF 6.0.x 03-May-2021 01-Jun-2024
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 - End of Support
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

 

Multi Cloud Director (MCD) Software Lifecycle

The following table depicts the Arista MCD release support matrix, including the timelines for each major Arista MCD 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)
MCD 2.2.x 07-Oct-2021 01-Nov-2024
MCD 2.1.x 28-May-2021 01-Jun-2024
MCD 2.0.x 15-Jan-2021 01-Feb-2024
MCD 1.5.x 25-Sep-2020 01-Oct-2023

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
DCA-DM-CDL 28-Feb-2018 (BMF 6.3.0)      
DCA-DM-CB 14-Sep-2015 (BMF 5.0.0) 10-Aug-2018 09-Aug-2023  
BMF (BTAP) CTLR HW / HWA 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
DCA-DM-SEL 22-Jun-2020 (BMF 7.3.0)      
DCA-DM-SDL 02-Apr-2019 (BMF 7.1.0)      
DCA-DM-SC 11-Nov-2018 (BMF 7.0.0)      
DCA-DM-SBL 07-Mar-2017 (BMF 6.0.0) 06-Feb-2019 05-Feb-2023  
DCA-DM-SA 19-Dec-2015 (BMF 5.5.0) 06-Feb-2019 05-Feb-2023  
DMF Recorder Node Hardware Appliance First Supported Release End-of-Sale End-of-Life Last Supported Release
DCA-DM-RA3 20-Dec-2019 (BMF 7.2.2)      
DCA-DM-RA2 26-Nov-2019 (BMF 7.2.1) 19-Dec-2019 18-Dec-2024  
DCA-DM-RA 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
DCA-DM-AA3 01-Aug-2021 (DMF 7.3.1)      
DCA-DM-AA2 26-Nov-2019 (BMF 7.2.1) 01-Aug-2021 31-Jul-2026  
DCA-DM-AA 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
DCA-CC-CELN 31-Oct-2018 (BCF-4.7.3) 31-Mar-2022    
DCA-CC-CDL 25-May-2018 (BCF 4.7.0)      
DCA-CC-CCL 09-Jul-2017 (BCF 4.2.0) 06-Feb-2019 05-Feb-2023 BCF-5.3.x
DCA-CC-CB 16-Aug-2015 (BCF-3.0.0) 10-Aug-2018 09-Aug-2023  
DCA-CC-CBL 16-Aug-2015 (BCF-3.0.0) 10-Aug-2018 09-Aug-2023  
BCF CTLR HW 30-Sep-2014 (BCF-2.0.0) 16-Aug-2015 01-Dec-2017  -

 

Arista 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 (DMF 8.0.0)
03-May-2021 (CCF 6.0.0)
     
DCS-7050SX3-48YC8 22-Dec-2020 (DMF 8.0.0)
03-May-2021 (CCF 6.0.0)
     

Dell EMC Switch Hardware Lifecycle

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 S4810-ON 15-Aug-2014 (BMF 4.0.0) 30-Apr-2016 30-Apr-2021 EOL - No Longer Supported
Dell S5048-ON  25-May-2018 (BCF 4.7.0)
29-Jun-2018 (BMF 6.3.4)
30-Jun-2020 30-Jun-2025

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

Edge-Core Switch Hardware Lifecycle

Note: Arista will only support Edge-Core switch deployments with DMF/CCF that were purchased on 31-Dec-2020 or earlier, for up to the End of Life of the respective switch hardware or 01-Dec-2024, whichever is sooner. For assistance with expansion / migration opportunities, please contact your Arista sales representative or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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
AS4600-54T 30-Apr-2014 (BMF 3.1.0)   30-Jun-2016 EOL - No Longer Supported
AS5610-52X 30-Apr-2014 (BMF 3.1.0)   01-Jul-2017 EOL - No Longer Supported
AS5712-54X 19-Dec-2015 (BMF 5.5.0)
20-Dec-2015 (BCF 3.5.0)
  01-Apr-2020 EOL - No Longer Supported
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 EOL - No Longer Supported
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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Revision Date Policy Changes
1.3 Nov 9, 2021 While the Last Supported Release for DCA-DM-SA, DCA-DM-SBL and DCA-DM-CB has been extended beyond BMF 7.3.x, the respective appliance EOL dates remain unchanged.
 
While the Last Supported Release for DCA-CC-CB and DCA-CC-CBL has been extended beyond BCF 5.3.x, the respective appliance EOL dates remain unchanged.
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