Cisco LocalDirector 400 Series

End of Sale Announcment: Cisco LocalDirector 417 and 417G

Product Bulletin No. 2194

End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for the
Cisco LocalDirector 417 and Cisco LocalDirector 417G

Cisco Systems® announces the end of life of the Cisco® LocalDirector 417 and LocalDirector 417G. The last day to order the Cisco LocalDirector 417 and 417G is December 1, 2003. Customers will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) until December 1, 2008. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the Cisco LocalDirector 417 and 417G.

Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco CSS 11500 Series Content Services Switch or the Content Switching Module (CSM) for the Catalyst® 6500 Series Switch, which offer extended features, performance, and scalability. Information about these products is available at: and . Table 3 provides relevant information for migrating from the Cisco LocalDirector products to the Cisco CSS 11500 Series or Cisco CSM.

Table 1   End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco LocalDirector 417 and 417G

Milestone   Definition   Date 
End-of-Life Announcement Date

The date the end-of-sale and end-of-life announcement is distributed to the general public.

June 17, 2003

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.

December 17, 2003

Last Shipment Date

The last-possible date that Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers will ship the affected product.

January 12, 2004

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.

December 17, 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.

December 17, 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.

December 17, 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.

September 17, 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.

December 17, 2008

Table 2   Product Part Numbers Affected by this Announcement

End-of-Sale Product Part Number  Product Description 

LocalDirector fail over cable


LocalDirector Software 4.2.1


LocalDirector 417


LocalDirector 417G


Cisco LocalDirector Installation and Configuration Guide V2.1

Product Migration Options

The recommended replacement for the Cisco LocalDirector is the Cisco CSS 11501 or CSM (Table 3). The Cisco CSS 11501 or CSM for the Catalyst 6500 Series offer extended features, performance, and scalability.

Table 3   Product Comparisons LocalDirector 417 and 417G, CSS 11501, and CSM

  Cisco LocalDirector 417 and 417G  Cisco CSS 11501 and Cisco CSS 11501S  Cisco CSM for the Catalyst 6500 Series 
Form Factor

Fixed standalone

Fixed standalone

Integrated module

Rack Units




Full Feature Content Switching




Integrated SSL


Yes (optional)

Optional module

Adaptive Session Redundancy




Local Load Balancing

Servers, caches

Servers, caches, Firewalls

Servers, caches, Firewalls, VPN

Site Activity




Maximum Gigabit Ethernet Ports




Fast Ethernet




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.

Additional Information

For more information about Cisco products, contact your Cisco account manager and/or Cisco Channels Partner.

For more information about the Cisco End-of-Life Policy, go to: