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Maybe some SOHO/small business networking gear gets retired prematurely, but for larger scale Cisco stuff the end of sale/end of life dates are way beyond when anyone would reasonably want to use the gear.
I need to build a business around some new buzzword and sell it to VMware. Cloud and everything related to it has really stagnated development of other areas of IT in my opinion. Companies try and figure out WTF SDN is or how to integrate their networking stack with AWS instead of focusing on what's really happening in the IT world.