Updated: EoS and EoL Announcement for the Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliances

Cisco announced the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliances in 2013. And now Cisco also updates some new tips for this EoS and EoL Announcement. What are the new tips added into this end-of-sale notice? Let’s check it together.

This end-of-sale notice is part of a broader end-of-sale announcement for the Cisco ASA 5500 Series appliances that covers ASA 5510, ASA 5520, ASA 5540, and ASA 5550, including hardware accessories. Please refer to the respective end-of-sale notices for more detail. Software licenses on the Cisco ASA 5540 have not reached their end-of-sale date. The Cisco ASA 9.1 is the last software release that will be supported on ASA 5540 and other ASA 5500 appliances that have reached their end-of-sale date. Customers are encouraged to migrate to the newer ASA 5500-X Series of next-generation firewalls (NGFW), which includes the ASA 5512-X, ASA 5515-X, ASA 5525-X, ASA 5545-X, and ASA 5555-X.

 End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliances

Milestone Definition Date
End-of-Life Announcement Date The date the document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product is distributed to the general public. March 18, 2013
End-of-Sale Date The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date. September 16, 2013
Last Ship Date:
HW
The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time. December 15, 2013
End of Routine Failure Analysis Date:
HW
The last-possible date a routine failure analysis may be performed to determine the cause of hardware product failure or defect. September 16, 2014
End of New Service Attachment Date:
HW
For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, this is the last date to order a new service-and-support contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing service-and-support contract. September 16, 2014
End of Service Contract Renewal Date:
HW
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product. December 12, 2017
Last Date of Support:
HW
The last date to receive applicable service and support for the product as entitled by active service contracts or by warranty terms and conditions. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete. September 30, 2018

HW = Hardware OS SW = Operating System Software App. SW = Application Software

Note that the ASA 5500 appliances (including the ASA 5540) do NOT support NGFW services (AVC and WSE), whereas all ASA 5500-X appliances (including the ASA 5545-X) have been designed ground-up to run multiple services, including the NGFW services, without sacrificing performance.

Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement

Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement

Product Migration Options

Customers are encouraged to migrate to the newer Cisco ASA 5500-X Series, specifically the Cisco ASA 5545-X Adaptive Security Appliance, which offers increased throughput, better interface density, dual power supplies, and the ability to run services like IPS, AVC (Application Visibility and Control),WSE (Web Security Essentials), etc., without requiring a separate hardware module. Refer to the table below for a detailed comparison between the ASA 5540 and ASA 5545-X. Customers can also upgrade to the Cisco ASA 5555-X, which offers top-of-the-line performance and better scaling numbers than the ASA 5545-X.

Product Comparisons

Feature Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliances Cisco ASA 5545-X Adaptive Security Appliance
Next-Generation Firewall No Yes
Application Visibility and Control Service No Yes
Web Security Service No Yes
IPS Service Yes (Requires separate Hardware module) Yes (Does not require separate hardware module)
Content Security Card Module Available Similar functionality available through Cloud Web Security (formerly known as ScanSafe)
Firewall Throughput (Max) 650 Mbps 3 Gbps
IPS Throughput (Max) 650 Mbps 900 Mbps
VPN Throughput (Max) 325 Mbps 400 Mbps
Connections (Max) 400,000 750,000
Connections Per Second 25,000 30,000
Dual Power Supplies No Yes
Integrated I/O 4GE Cu + 1FE 6GE Cu
Expansion I/O 4-port GE Cu or 4-port GE SFP 6-port GE Cu or 6-port GE SFP
CPU Single-core Multiple cores
Memory 2GB 12GB
Hardware support for 2048-bit certificates No Yes

For more information about the Cisco ASA 5545-X Adaptive Security Appliance, visit http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps6032/ps6094/ps6120/at_a_glance_c45-701635.pdf

The Updated News from http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/security/asa-5500-series-next-generation-firewalls/eol_C51-727354.html

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