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Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance End of Life

Friday, January 17, 2014

Cisco recently announced that a variety of Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA) would no longer be available for sale after September 16, 2013. In the tech industry this idea is referred to as End of Life. If you own a Cisco ASA 5510, 5520, 5540, or 5550 you will be affected, however, customers with active SmartNet contracts for these devices have the ability to continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until September 30, 2018.

Cisco ASA 9.1 is the last software release that will be supported on many of the ASA appliances that have reached their end of sale date so we encourage you to keep your SmartNet contracts active for these devices. For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, the last date to order a new contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing contract is September 16, 2014.

Cisco's ASA 5500-X series of Next Generation Firewalls

If you are in the market for a new ASA, or would like to update your current model, we encourage you to migrate to the new ASA 5500-X series of Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW) which include a variety of different model options, many of which offer increased throughput, better interface density and the ability to run services like IPS, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and Web Security Essentials (WSE) without requiring a separate hardware module. High Availability comes as a default option on the ASA 5515-X model. 

Most customers can take advantage of Cisco’s Technology Migration Program to trade-in eligible product, which allows you to receive credit toward the purchase of new Cisco equipment. For information about this program, contact your IT Resource Sales Account Manager, or email our sales team.

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