with the ArubaOS-CX 10.10 just around the corner I casually noticed that
some AOS-CX Major Software Releases are declared SSR
while some others are declared LSR
following this list (no info about Major Software Releases older than AOS-CX 10.6 but that it's pretty much understandable):
- AOS-CX 10.06 is a Long Supported Release (LSR)
- AOS-CX 10.07 is a Short Supported Release (SSR)
- AOS-CX 10.08 is a Short Supported Release (SSR)
- AOS-CX 10.09 is a Short Supported Release (SSR)
- AOS-CX 10.10 is a Long Supported Release (LSR)
Provided that, as per what is explained here
, running an AOS-CX Long Supported Release (LSR)
- LSRs are long lived releases where Aruba will introduce new features and new hardware, and park hardware (that is, this may be the last major release supported) as needed.
- LSRs are be maintained and supported for 5 years (i.e., Initial Release + 5 years) but with two phases and with minor differences between AOS 8 and AOS-CX.
- Initial Release to End of Maintenance (EOM*): Bug and vulnerability patching with releases reducing in frequency over time.
- EOM to End of Support (EOST): Vulnerability patching on an as needed basis for High or Critical CVSS issues.
while running an AOS-CX Short Supported Release (SSR)
- SSRs are short lived releases where Aruba will introduce new features and new hardware. This release will not be the last major release supported for any hardware model.
- The SSR release support period (e.g., Initial Release + n time) are AOS 8 or AOS-CX specific.
- The End of Maintenance (EOM*) and End of Support (EOST) will be the same date.Then, what is the meaning of this particular part of the first sentence of the LSR description "...and park hardware (that is, this may be the last major release supported) as needed." ?
The above question with the old and glorious Aruba 8320
in mind (the Aruba 8400X, 8320 and 8325 are de-facto the oldest ones in the current CX family) guessing that it would probably be the first Hardware platform to be "parked" in the next coming years.
My experience with the Aruba 8320 started with AOS-CX 10.01 four years ago in 2018 so, at this point in time, I'm trying to imagine what will be its lifespan and if the AOS-CX 10.10 will be the Last Major Release supported or not (that is just a personal uneducated guess).Considering an Aruba 8320, is it time to plan a move to next-to-come AOS-CX 10.10 or continue to keep it parked into, say, one of 10.07 SSR, 10.08 SSR or 10.09 SSR major releases?
mine is currently at 10.07 SSR so downgrading to 10.06 just to benefit of LSR is not an option, better to think about 10.10.