End-Of-Sale date announced for various Cisco IPS’s
Since Cisco started announcing the Sourcefire FirePower (Hardware & Software) modules earlier this year I have been wondering what was going to happen to their existing IPS line. Looks like the End Of Sale announcement was recently made, with an EoS date in April of next year.
The EoX announce affects both the IPS Modules and IPS 4xxx sensor platforms. IOS IPS will remain available, but I do wonder for how long?
This will be an interesting shift for those of us that have used the original Cisco IPS software for a long time now. As we know there is more that goes into this than just buying a module or IPS Appliance. we will also need a central management server to quickly and easily manage these types of devices. Monitoring signature updates and keeping singatures in-sync company wide can be a massive problem if you don’t have it under your thumb. So far I have not seen any support added for SourceFire in Cisco Security Manager, so FireSIGHT will be the way to go.
I wonder if anything will happen to the CX Modules, since they ran their own Next-Generation IPS Signature set. Time will tell I suppose.