- Cisco Employee,
AsyncOS release terminology uses the following nomenclature:
Early Deployment (ED)
A Cisco software release that provides new features and new platform support, in addition to bug fixes. This is intended for early adoption by customers. This was formerly called First Customer Ship (FCS).
Example: AsyncOS 9.0.0 build 087 upgrade For Management, 2015-1-30, is a release available for Early Deployment
General Deployment (GD)
A Cisco software release that provides new features and new platform support in addition to bug fixes which is ready for deployment anywhere in customer networks where the features and functionality of the release are required. This was formerly called General Availability (GA).
Limited Deployment (LD)
A Cisco software release that is only applicable to a small subset of users. This could be for supportability and or compatibility reasons, based on the version of software released, or platform the software supports.
Maintenance Deployment (MD)
A Cisco software release that provides bug fix support and ongoing software maintenance.
Example: AsyncOS 8.5.1 build 019 upgrade For Web, 2015-1-26, is a release available for Maintenance Deployment
Hot Patch (HP)
A Cisco software targeted release for a customer to address specific critical product bug(s).
Example: AsyncOS 8.0.1 build 113 upgrade for Email, 2015-02-12, this release is available as a Hot Patch HP5