Co-term licensing expiring 2024, lead times for refresh
We have a decent sized org, 200 APs, 10 MXs, 20 or so MS (rest are HPE/Aruba switching). Our co-term licensing for our entire organization is expiring early 2024. With lead times what they are, what are you all doing with planning for upgrades? We are wanting to do a product refresh at that time, but with lead times...we would have to order probably sometime soon.
Anyone else in a similar boat? Obviously we don't want to carry a 6 figure price tag for any longer than we have to.
We have a policy of continuous rolling upgrades. Although the licenses run out at the same time with the co-term model, each time you add a new device it just pushes the end date out a bit. We first started using Meraki over eight years ago and our end date is still 18 months away with no renewal having ever taken place... I know we'll have to deal with it at some point, but so far the only devices we have retired are older APs and the replacement models just re-use their licenses.
In terms of lead times the PoE switches seem the worst to me, though if you are less precious about the model you can usually get something in 2-3 months or less. The MXs can be a pain, especially the smaller models, again if you can be flexible you should wait less. For the APs there are usually a few models on low lead times so I wouldn't worry unduly about those. Finally remember to order different models on different orders so that they ship when they are ready and you aren't waiting for multiple models to all be in stock at the same time, this is vey important in the UK at least...