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End-Of-Sale date announced for various Cisco IPS’s

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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.

IPS EoX Announce

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.

The full document can be found here from Cisco.com.

Written by Stephen J. Occhiogrosso

November 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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  1. The CX isn’t going away quite as quickly. However the casual observer can measure the amount of marketing (and associated development) Cisco is putting in the technology from the Sourcefire acquisition. The IPS signatures in the CX have never matched (nor are they intended to) the scope of either the classic IPS or the Sourcefire cloud’s deep capabilities.

    CSM will not be strategic going forward – FireSIGHT is the platform that’s being enhanced.

    Marvin (@mrneteng)

    November 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM

  2. […] night and just needed to put a small post about it. Mainly because some time ago I posted about the EoS announcement for the traditional IPS Modules, and I ended that blog post with the following […]

  3. […] Cisco announced EoX for both it’s traditional IPS and it’s CX-Modules it’s been time to start looking at the new SourceFire modules, […]

  4. […] Now, it only makes sense as the original version of this exam was more geared towards Cisco IPS & CX which has since been EoX’ed some time ago. If you have been studying for your CCNP: Security and are getting ready for SITCS […]


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