When Is “End of Life” Not “End of Life?”

Last Friday (May 4), the news broke that Citrix had made some changes in their “End of Life” (EOL) dates. Just a couple of months ago, in our March issue of the Moose Views newsletter, we told you that if you were running any version of XenApp other than XenApp v6.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2, you needed to start seriously planning for your migration, because by mid-July of next year (2013), those older versions will all hit their EOL dates.

Apparently Citrix has been feeling some heat from customers who weren’t too happy about that, so they have announced something new called “Extended Support,” that will be available after EOL for an additional fee – which was not specified. The “End of Extended Support” (EOES) dates have been aligned with the comparable Microsoft dates for the underlying server Operating System.

The odd thing about this is that the EOL dates have not changed (except for XenApp v6.0, which will now hit EOL on January 2, 2015). It’s just that EOL doesn’t mean what it used to mean. Previously, when a Citrix product hit EOL, that meant there was no support available for it whatsoever. Now, apparently, “End of Life” means “End of Life Unless You Pay Us More Money to Keep Supporting You.”

For the record, the EOES dates for the versions of XenApp that run on Server 2003 have been set to July 14, 2015, and the EOES dates for the versions that run on Server 2008 (and 2008 R2) have been set to July 10, 2018.

You can read more about this on the Citrix Product Matrix Web page.

As of now, the Extended Support program for XenDesktop is still being defined…

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