Cisco 4600 Series Content Distribution Manager

EoS/ EoL for Cisco 4650 Content Distribution Manager

Product Bulletin No. 2311

End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for
the Cisco 4650 Content Distribution Manager

Cisco Systems announces the end of life of the Cisco 4650 Content Distribution Manager (CDM-4650). The last day to order the CDM-4650 was May 27, 2003. Customers will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until May 27, 2008. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the CDM-4650.

Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco 7305 Content Engine, which is based on the newest hardware and ACNS software versions providing superior performance and flexibility for a significantly reduced list price. Information about this product can be found at:

Table 3 provides relevant information for migrating from the Cisco CDM-4650 to the CE-7305.

Table 1   End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco 4650 Content Distribution Manager

Milestone   Definition   Date 
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 27, 2003

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.

August 27, 2003

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.

November 27, 2004

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 27, 2004

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 27, 2004

End of service contract renewal date

The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product. The extension or renewal period cannot extend beyond the last date of support.

February 27, 2008

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 27, 2008

Table 2   Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement

End-of-Sale Product
Part Number
Product Description 

Content Distribution Manager 4650, with ACNS Software

Product Migration Options

The recommended replacement for the Cisco CDM-4650 is the Cisco CE-7305 (Table 3). The CE-7305 is built with next-generation hardware and with the latest major release of ACNS software (version 5.0) installed to deliver leading edge performance and enhanced features for a significantly reduced list price compared to the CDM-4650. The new ACNS software, version 5.0 or greater, allows greater flexibility by enabling all next-generation hardware Content Engines to assume the role of a Content Engine, Content Distribution Manager or Content Router product. The CE-7305 is shipped with ACNS version 5.0 or greater installed and requires a minimum of ACNS 5.0 to be installed on all Content Engines that it manages when acting as a CDM. Content Engines that were purchased with ACNS 4.x software can be upgraded to ACNS 5.0 without the need for new hardware.

Table 3   Product Comparisons

  Cisco 4650 Content Distribution Manager  Cisco 7305 Content Engine 
ACNS Software Support

Supports ACNS 4.x and 5.0

Supports ACNS 5.0+


7 RUs

2 RUs


Only acts as CDM

Can be a CE, CR or CDM

Part number



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

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