Cisco has killed the Nexus 6000 product line and you have 12 months to get your last orders in.
- This is long overdue. I’ve never understood why Cisco has so many different different Ethernet switch products that are effectively identical.
- The impact of merchant silicon and the success of the Nexus 9000 product overshadowed this product.
- In Cisco’s financial results published yesterday, Switching and Routing revenue fell another 2% and continues several quarters of shrinking revenue from Enterprise IT. The impact of cloud, merchant silicon, competitors and virtualization is coming through to the bottom line.
- I expect that Cisco will close down many more products in the next 12 months as their commitment to shareholders will drive cost reductions.
Why will more products be cut ? The latest update from from Jefferies said “we’ve identified four times in the last 12 years that Cisco felt pressure on profit margins. They were each followed by a reduction in headcount between 2-15% and other sorts of cost reductions. In total, Cisco’s ability to manage through economic softness is significant.”
Cisco announces the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for the Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches. The last day to order the affected product(s) is April 30, 2017. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as shown in Table 1 of the EoL bulletin. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product(s). Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement. For customers with active and paid service and support contracts, support will be available under the terms and conditions of customers’ service contract.