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EOL/EOS for the Cisco PIX 525 Security Appliance

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Cisco ® announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco PIX 525 Security Appliance. The last day to order the affected product(s) is July 28, 2008. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as shown in Table 1 of the EoL bulletin. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product(s). Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement. For customers with active and paid service and support contracts, support will be available until the termination date of the contract, even if this date exceeds the Last Date of Support shown in Table 1.
Cisco PIX Security Appliance customers are encouraged to migrate to Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances. Built on the same software foundation as Cisco PIX Security Appliances, the Cisco ASA 5500 Series offers more robust firewall and IPsec VPN capabilities, as well as many additional benefits, including:

• Significantly better performance and scalability

• Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN support (including clientless, portal-based remote access)

• Advanced Unified Communications (voice/video) security

• A modular design that allows you to add features such as intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-phishing, and URL filtering.

Migration to the Cisco ASA 5500 Series is straightforward. Customers can take advantage of their knowledge and investment in Cisco PIX Security Appliances, because there are essentially no changes in user interface, operations, or training.

Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco PIX 525 Security Appliance

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.

January 28, 2008

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.

July 28, 2008

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.

October 26, 2008

End of Routine Failure Analysis Date: HW

The last-possible date a routine failure analysis may be performed to determine the cause of product failure or defect.

July 28, 2009

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.

July 28, 2009

End of Service Contract Renewal Date: HW

The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.

October 23, 2012

Last Date of Support: HW

The last date to receive service and support for the product. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.

July 27, 2013

HW = Hardware

OS SW = Operating System Software

App. SW = Application Software

Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement

End-of-Sale Product Part Number

Product Description

Replacement Product Part Number

Replacement Product Description

PIX-525

PIX 525 Chassis (Chassis, Software, 2 FE Ports)

ASA5520-BUN-K9

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, 3DES/AES

PIX-525

PIX 525 Chassis (Chassis, Software, 2 FE Ports)

ASA5520-K8

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, DES

PIX-525-AA-GE-BUN

PIX 525 FO-AA Bundle (SW, Act/Act FO Lic, VAC+, 2 GE+2FE)

ASA5520-BUN-K9

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, 3DES/AES

PIX-525-AA-GE-BUN

PIX 525 FO-AA Bundle (SW, Act/Act FO Lic, VAC+, 2 GE+2FE)

ASA5520-K8

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, DES

PIX-525-FO-BUN

PIX 525-FO Bundle (Chassis, Failover SW, 2 FE Ports, VAC+)

ASA5520-BUN-K9

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, 3DES/AES

PIX-525-FO-BUN

PIX 525-FO Bundle (Chassis, Failover SW, 2 FE Ports, VAC+)

ASA5520-K8

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, DES

PIX-525-FO-GE-BUN

PIX 525-FO-GE Bundle (Chassis,Failover SW,2 GE+2 FE,VAC+)

ASA5520-BUN-K9

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, 3DES/AES

PIX-525-FO-GE-BUN

PIX 525-FO-GE Bundle (Chassis,Failover SW,2 GE+2 FE,VAC+)

ASA5520-K8

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, DES

PIX-525-R-BUN

PIX 525-R Bundle (Chassis, Restricted SW, 2 FE Ports)

ASA5520-BUN-K9

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, 3DES/AES

PIX-525-R-BUN

PIX 525-R Bundle (Chassis, Restricted SW, 2 FE Ports)

ASA5520-K8

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, DES

PIX-525-UR-BUN

PIX 525-UR Bundle (Chassis,Unrestricted SW,2 FE Ports,VAC+)

ASA5520-BUN-K9

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, 3DES/AES

PIX-525-UR-BUN

PIX 525-UR Bundle (Chassis,Unrestricted SW,2 FE Ports,VAC+)

ASA5520-K8

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, DES

PIX-525-UR-GE-BUN

PIX 525-UR-GE Bundle (Chassis,Unrestr. SW,2 GE+2 FE,VAC+)

ASA5520-BUN-K9

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, 3DES/AES

PIX-525-UR-GE-BUN

PIX 525-UR-GE Bundle (Chassis,Unrestr. SW,2 GE+2 FE,VAC+)

ASA5520-K8

ASA 5520 Appliance with SW, HA, 4GE+1FE, DES

Product Migration Options

Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco ASA 5520 Adaptive Security Appliance, which provides significantly higher firewall and VPN performance, advanced security features for greater network protection, SSL VPN support, and a modular design that allows customers to add features such as intrusion prevention (IPS),antivirus, antispam, antiphishing, URL filtering, and more. For customers requiring even higher firewall and VPN performance, firewall connection capacity, SSL/IPsec connection capacity, or small packet performance, Cisco recommends the Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliance.

Table 3. Product Comparisons

Feature

Cisco PIX 525 Security Appliance

Cisco ASA 5520 Adaptive Security Appliance

Maximum Firewall Throughput

330 Mbps

450 Mbps

Maximum 3DES/AES VPN Throughput

30 Mbps (R)/135 Mbps (UR/FO)

225 Mbps

Maximum Connections

140,000 (R)/280,000 (UR/FO)

280,000

Connections per Second

9500

12,000

Packets per Second (64-byte)

190,000

320,000

Maximum IPsec VPN Sessions

2000

750

Maximum SSL VPN Sessions

Not Supported

750

Integrated Network Ports

2 Fast Ethernet (R/UR/FO), 2 Gigabit Ethernet + 2 Fast Ethernet (UR-GE/FO-GE/AA-GE)

4 Gigabit Ethernet + 1 Fast Ethernet

Maximum Network Ports

10 Fast Ethernet, or 3 Gigabit Ethernet and 2 Fast Ethernet

8 Gigabit Ethernet + 1 Fast Ethernet

VLANs

25 (R)/100 (UR/FO)

150

High Availability/Scalability

Not Supported (R)/Active/Standby (FO)/Active/Active and Active/Standby (UR/FO-AA)

Active/Active, Active/Standby, and VPN Clustering/Load Balancing

Expandability

1 Fast Ethernet (1FE), 4 Fast Ethernet (4FE-66), 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GE-66), VPN Accelerator Plus (VAC PLUS)

4 Gigabit Ethernet (4GE SSM), IPS (AIP SSM), Content Security (CSC SSM)

Customers can use the Cisco Technology Migration Plan (TMP) to trade in products and receive credit toward the purchase of new Cisco equipment. For more information about Cisco TMP, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/tradein/. The Cisco TMP application requires all users to have a Cisco.com user ID.
Customers may be able to continue to purchase the Cisco PIX 525 Security Appliance 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 http://www.cisco.com/go/eos.

For More Information

For more information about the Cisco ASA 5520 Adaptive Security Appliance, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/asa, or contact your local account representative.
For more information about the Cisco End-of-Life Policy, go to http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/prod_end_of_life.html.
To subscribe to receive end-of-life/end-of-sale information, go to http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/Support/FieldNoticeTool/field-notice.