Calling all IT service managers and network engineers charged with managing your Company's network infrastructure. You will undoubtedly be budget conscious when selecting your Network hardware. Many organisations select Cisco as the preferred vendor for switches and routers, and find that the hardware does an excellent job. However, after a period of time, it is announced that the equipment which has suited your requirements so well will become End-of-Life (EOL), meaning the vendor will only provide software support a further 1-5 years, yet the hardware support won't be covered. This can force organisations to cut network budgets in important areas in order to procure the latest hardware replacements.