End-of-Life Management, a critical aspect of Network Management

If you are a Network Administrator, you would be managing a number network of devices from disparate equipment vendors. The responsibility of ensuring business continuity and reliability of the network lies on you. As long as the equipment works wonderfully, everything will look rosy. The moment a problem rocks, you will feel the pressure. And what will happen if the device in production that created the problem (assume a security vulnerability) had reached the end-of-life and end-of-support by the vendor?
Here comes the importance of End-of-Life (EOL) management.

When device vendor announces end-of-life for a particular device model, it is highly important to assess the potential risks associated w