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Updated:Jan 28, 2008
® announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco PIX 515E 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
• 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 515E Security Appliance
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: 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
There is currently no replacement product available for this product.
Product Migration Options
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco ASA 5510 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, Gigabit Ethernet density, connection capacity, or small packet performance, Cisco recommends the Cisco ASA 5520 Adaptive Security Appliance.
Table 3. Product Comparisons
Cisco PIX 515E Security Appliance
Cisco ASA 5510 Adaptive Security Appliance
Maximum Firewall Throughput
Maximum 3DES/AES VPN Throughput
48,000 (R/DMZ)/130,000 (UR/FO)
50,000 (Base)/130,000 (Security Plus)
Connections per Second
Packets per Second (64-byte)
Maximum IPsec VPN Sessions
Maximum SSL VPN Sessions
Integrated Network Ports
2 Fast Ethernet (R)/3 Fast Ethernet (DMZ)/6 Fast Ethernet (UR-FE/FO-FE)
5 Fast Ethernet (Base)/2 Gigabit Ethernet + 3 Fast Ethernet (Security Plus)
Maximum Network Ports
3 Fast Ethernet (R/DMZ)/6 Fast Ethernet (UR/FO)
4 Gigabit Ethernet + 5 Fast Ethernet (Base)/6 Gigabit Ethernet + 3 Fast Ethernet (Security Plus)
10 (R/DMZ)/25 (UR/FO)
50 (Base)/100 (Security Plus)
Not Supported (R/DMZ)/Active/Standby (FO)/Active/Active and Active/Standby (UR/FO-AA)
Not Supported (Base)/Active/Active, Active/Standby, and VPN Clustering/Load Balancing (Security Plus)
1 Fast Ethernet (1FE), 4 Fast Ethernet (4FE-66), VPN Accelerator Plus (VAC PLUS)
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, customers should work with their Cisco Partner or Cisco account team. Cisco Partners can find additional TMP information on Partner Central at
Customers may be able to continue to purchase the Cisco PIX 515E 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
For More Information
For more information about the Cisco ASA 5510 Adaptive Security Appliance, visit
http://www.cisco.com/go/asa, or contact your local account representative.