Cisco announced the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliances. The last day to order the affected product(s) is September 16, 2013. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as shown in Table1 of the EoL bulletin. Table1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product(s). Table2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement. For customers with active and paid service and support contracts, support will be available under the terms and conditions of customers' service contract.
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.
Table1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliances
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.
Table2. 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.
Table3. Product Comparisons
Customers may be able to use the Cisco Technology Migration Program (TMP) where applicable to trade-in eligible products and receive credit toward the purchase of new Cisco equipment. For more information about Cisco TMP, customers should work with their Cisco Partner or Cisco account team. Cisco Partners can find additional TMP information on Partner Central at http://www.cisco.com/web/partners/incentives_and_promotions/tmp.html
Customers may be able to continue to purchase the Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliances through the Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment program. Refurbished units may be available in limited supply for sale in certain countries on a first-come, first-served basis until the Last Date of Support has been reached. For information about the Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment program, go to: www.cisco.com/go/eos
Service prices for Cisco products are subject to change after the product End of Sale date.
The Cisco Takeback and Recycle program helps businesses dispose properly of surplus products that have reached their end of useful life. The program is open to all business users of Cisco equipment and its associated brands and subsidiaries. For more information, go to:
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