® announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco PIX Security Appliance Software v7.1. 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
• 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 Security Appliance Software v7.1
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
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: OS SW
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 SW Maintenance Releases Date: OS SW
The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering will no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software.
July 28, 2009
End of New Service Attachment Date: OS SW
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: OS SW
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.
October 23, 2012
Last Date of Support
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
Replacement Product Part Number
Replacement Product Description
PIX OS 7.1 for the PIX 515E Chassis
ASA 5500 Series Software v7.2
PIX OS 7.1 for the PIX 525 and 535 Chassis
ASA 5500 Series Software v7.2
Product Migration Options
Cisco PIX Security Appliance customers running version 7.1 software are encouraged to migrate to Cisco ASA 5500 Adaptive Security Appliances running version 7.2 software. This software release introduced many innovations, including advanced application-layer firewall inspection services, regular expression matching, subsecond failover, improved network integration, and numerous troubleshooting capabilities. A feature comparison summary is shown below. For more information, please review the release notes for each specific software release.
Regular Expression Matching for HTTP, SMTP, and SIP
Advanced Application Layer Inspection for DNS
Advanced Application Layer Inspection for ESMTP over TLS, Microsoft RPC/DCE-RPC, SCCP-based Video
Network Admission Control (NAC) Support
Redundant ISP Support
Generic Input Rate Limiting
Resource Management for Security Contexts (Virtual Firewalls)
Firewall Traffic Hairpin Support
Real-Time Packet Capture Output
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 Security Appliance Software v7.1 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
For More Information
For more information about the Cisco ASA 5500 Adaptive Security Appliance Software v7.2, visit
http://www.cisco.com/go/asa, or contact your local account representative.