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EoS and EoL for the DC Power Supply of Cisco PIX 525 Security Appliance

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Product Bulletin No. EOL4020

Cisco Systems ® announces the end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for the DC power supply option for the Cisco ® PIX 525 Security Appliance. The Cisco PIX 525 Security Appliance with AC power supply will continue to be available. The last day to order the affected product is May 15, 2006. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until May 30, 2011. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product. Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement.
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco ASA 5520 Adaptive Security Appliance with DC power supply bundle, which provides higher firewall and VPN throughput, superior security feature set, extensive enterprise-class resiliency features and more. Information about the replacement product can be found at: Table 3 provides relevant information for migrating to the replacement product.

Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the DC Power Supply option for Cisco PIX 525 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.

April 7, 2006

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.

May 15, 2006

Last shipment date

The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time.

June 1, 2006

End of software maintenance releases date

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.

May 30, 2007

End of routine failure analysis date

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

May 30, 2007

End of new service attachment date

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.

May 30, 2007

End of service contract renewal date

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

November 30, 2010

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.

May 30, 2011

Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement

End-of-Sale Product Part Number

Product Description

Replacement Product Part Number

Replacement Product Description


Cisco PIX 525 Security Appliance with DC Power Supply, Software, 2 FE Ports


Cisco ASA 5520 Security Appliance with DC Power Supply, Software, 4 GE and 1 FE Ports, DES


The recommended replacement for the Cisco PIX 525 with DC power supply is the Cisco ASA 5520 with DC power supply bundle. The benefits of upgrading to the Cisco ASA 5520 security appliance are:

• Nearly double the price/performance, featuring higher firewall and VPN performance

• Integrated SSL VPN support

• Ability to add full-featured IPS or anti-X services

• Enterprise class resiliency, VPN load balancing and clustering

• Consistent user experience between the Cisco PIX 525 and Cisco ASA 5520 security appliances.

Table 3 shows that the replacement product, Cisco ASA 5520 Adaptive Security Appliance, is a superior product when compared with the end-of-sale product Cisco PIX 525 Security Appliance.

Table 3. Product Comparisons


Cisco PIX 525
with DC Power Supply

Cisco ASA 5520
with DC Power Supply

Maximum Firewall Throughput

330 Mbps

450 Mbps

Maximum IPSec VPN Throughput (3DES)

145 Mbps with Cisco PIX VAC+ card

225 Mbps

IPSec VPN Users




Not Available


Maximum Connections



Add-on Unified Threat Management Services

Not Available

Intrusion Prevention Services, Anti-X

High Availability

Active/Active, Active/Standby

Active/Active, Active/Standby, VPN Clustering


2 GE and 2 FE

4 GE and 1 FE

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: Cisco TMP application requires all users to have a user ID.


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