End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series ASA Services Module Software Release 8.5(x)
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Updated:December 17, 2013
Cisco announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series ASA Services Module Software Release 8.5(x). The last day to order the affected product(s) is June 16, 2014. 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 under the terms and conditions of customers' service contract.
Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series ASA Services Module Software Release 8.5(x)
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.
December 16, 2013
The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.
June 16, 2014
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.
September 14, 2014
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.
June 16, 2015
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.
June 16, 2015
End of Service Contract Renewal Date: OS SW
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.
September 11, 2018
Last Date of Support:
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.
June 30, 2019
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
ASA Software 8.5 for Catalyst 6500-E ASASM, 2 free VFW
See the Product Migration Options section below for detailed information on replacing this product.
Product Migration Options
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances Software Release 9.0. Information about this product can be found at:
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 Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series ASA Services Module Software Release 8.5(x) 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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