The differences between End of Life and End of Service Life for IT maintenance

End of service life tipsheet

It’s a great feeling when you have the latest model of something, be it a car, a smartphone or personal computer. You’re up-to-date and at the cutting edge. What’s not so pleasing and is always inevitable, is the march of time, when your prized possession is now a few generations behind the newest release. That’s when it’s about to hit the ‘end of service life’ phase.

The same thing applies to the assets that make up your IT infrastructure. Whether it’s on-premises or housed in a data centre, each piece of equipment has been designed with a certain lifespan in mind. This applies to your server, router and storage assets, each of them will become officially unsupported from a specified date, which isn’t always known in advance.

What does End of Life (EOL) or End of Service Life (EOSL) mean for your IT infrastructure?

The terminology surrounding the ‘expiry’ of various privileges on your equipment does sound rather scary and it probably persuades businesses to go and order replacements. However, it’s very important that you don’t panic. In a lot of cases, you have no reason to start worrying about your IT budget.

The explanation for what End of Life means for your technology

End of Life is the most common term of the two, being a certain date, determined by the official equipment manufacturer (OEM). This phase usually starts between 3-6 years from the model’s entry into the market, almost certainly when the OEM’s standard warranty is over, but it’s not necessarily a reason to replace it with a brand-new model.

The OEM will typically offer an array of extended warranty options, but this is where you can gain crucial savings by looking to third-party hardware maintenance.

The meaning of End of Development

This comes a few years after the End Of Life phase, and signifies the OEM’s intention to cease all development of the equipment and operating system. Third-party maintenance options can be available in certain circumstances. There are more details about this phase in our free tipsheet. Keep reading to learn how you can get your copy.

Explaining End of Service Life or End of Support

These two are essentially the same thing, and as far as the OEM is concerned, it’s the ‘final farewell’, with no OS updates and no more support agreements after this date. Even at this stage, there can be options from third-party hardware maintainers and we’re regarded as one of the best in the world at revitalising such kit.

Keep our tipsheet handy to ensure your IT equipment is kept in great condition

Our freely downloadable tipsheet explains the various terms in a succinct manner, supplies you with answers on certain OEM dates and points you towards the options when you’re needing maintenance support.


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