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Cisco announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco IPS 4255 Sensor. The last day to order the affected product(s) is April 30, 2013. 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.
The venerable Cisco IPS 4200 Series Sensors are reaching the end of their natural life cycle, and Cisco has provided hardware-enhanced replacements with expanded functionality and performance while retaining familiar but enhanced management capabilities.
Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco IPS 4255 Sensor
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.
October 30, 2012
The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.
April 30, 2013
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.
July 29, 2013
End of Routine Failure Analysis Date: HW
The last-possible date a routine failure analysis may be performed to determine the cause of hardware product failure or defect.
April 30, 2014
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.
April 30, 2014
End of Service Contract Renewal Date: HW
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.
July 26, 2017
Last Date of Support: HW
The last date to receive applicable service and support for the product as entitled by active service contracts or by warranty terms and conditions. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.
April 30, 2018
HW = Hardware OS SW = Operating System Software App. SW = Application Software
Cisco IPS solutions have signature updates associated with their ongoing maintenance, and this signature update has its own end-of-life milestone. Signature support for the IPS 4200 Series, including the IPS 4255, ends on April 30, 2016. The description of the full policy can be found here:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps5729/ps5713/ps4077/prod_bulletin0900aecd80358daa.html. The IPS 4255 was a midrange dedicated appliance. With the introduction of the ASA 5525 with IPS option, Cisco provides a performance-enhanced replacement with a reduced operational cost.
Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement
Customers may be able to use the Cisco Technology Migration Program (TMP) where applicable to trade-in eligible 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 IPS 4255 Sensor 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:
Service prices for Cisco products are subject to change after the product End of Sale date.
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