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Need clarification on EOL terms of Cisco 5515-X, Cisco 5585-X and FMC 1500

I am doing an assessment for the following devices, for which EOL dates have been announced.




Basically I want to identify steps to remediate them to a supported level. I had a look at the EOL pages for each of them and had some queries about them.


What do the below support terms actually mean for the client,

  • End of Service Contract Renewal Date: HW – They have added Firepower modules to FMC but are not passing any traffic from ASA to Firepower module, hence no IPS running. They also have Protection and Control license but no active IPS subscription. If they want to enable IPS, does this mean, they cannot purchase IPS subcription (as End of Service Contract Renewal Date: HW has already passed) for these models. Is upgrading the ASAs  the only option ? 
  • End of Routine Failure Analysis Date: HW –
    • Does this mean if there is a bug/defect or the device has failed for some reason, there will be no TAC support from that date onwards ?
    • How is it different from Last Date of Support: HW ?
  • End of Service Contract Renewal Date: HW -
    • What type of services does this include ? If the client has the below licenses
      • ASA 5515 Security Plus license
      • ASA5585-SSP-10 VPN Premium license
      • What does this mean in terms of an FMC 1500 ?