back to article Refresh? No, F5 says supply of networking chips is still awful, getting worse...

The artist formerly know as F5 Networks – it moved to plain old F5 in November – is clipping revenue forecasts for fiscal '22 by $30m to $90m because it can't source enough specialised chips to produce systems. The continued impact of the shortfall was outlined in F5's Q1 results to 31 December and subsequent earnings …

  1. Nate Amsden Silver badge

    Hopefully the backlog clears up in the next 18 months, I've been running my gear for about as long as possible. I have switches that just hit 10 years of service last month(still under vendor support). My load balancers (Citrix, not F5) go EOL in Jan 2024, so hopefully in 18 months I can easily replace them that will mean they have had ~9 years of service(with 3 SSD failures across different units over that time, I guess the SSD quality Citrix uses is not great, most recently I had SSDs in both units in a pair start to fail, took 6 months to figure it out. Units would fail back and forth between each other every few weeks, support couldn't figure out the problem and blamed my network, eventually I saw the kernel messages showing the disk errors).

    My primary flash storage array is in it's 7th year of service 0 hardware or software failures(other arrays are a bit more recent and have suffered a HD failure here and there, one had a memory chip go bad a couple years ago). Many servers are 6+ years old still running fine. Not planning on major server or storage changes before 2024. But the load balancers need to stay on vendor support, since they are fairly exposed. If not for end of life I would probably run the Netscalers far past next year as they have plenty of capacity averaging under 10% utilization on what was considered a low end unit in 2014(was their lowest cost unit that had dual power supplies).

    I used F5 for nearly a decade, liked them a lot but when I last moved jobs decided to try Citrix, had heard good things but had no prior experience with them, now I have 10 years of experience(at the same company) and I like them, still like F5 too, lots of fond memories.

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Re: support couldn't figure out the problem and blamed my network

      What, they didn't check the logs ?

      Don't they know how to read ?

      What kind of shoddy "support" are you burdened with ?

    2. MyffyW Silver badge

      Having spent most of my career getting sanction for technology replacement only at the moment that systems went end of life, I now find myself advising on the new dynamic of having to account for very lengthy lead times. Which is at least refreshing :-)

  2. Red Ted Silver badge
    Stop

    Supply chain woes

    It's just awful out there.

    Every component seems to be going to stupidly long lead times. 52weeks seems to be the norm and I've seen some of 90weeks!

    It's not just the complicated silicon either, it's random little diodes, FETs, etc.

  3. Korev Silver badge
    Joke

    Why don't F5 keep pressing F5 on their suppliers' website until something becomes available?

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