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Jan 29th, 2008

Could someone tell me the basic differences between PIX and ASA?

What additional services and advantages does the ASA offer? In lamens terms and realistic terms to business needs etc..?

I have this problem too.
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cisco24x7 Tue, 01/29/2008 - 10:07

Different device running the same code with the

following exceptions:

1- ASA can terminate SSL vpn. Pix can not,

2- You can IPS on the ASA with additional

modules. Pix can not do that,

3- new hardware on ASA.

Other than that, there is not much of a


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mikedelafield Wed, 01/30/2008 - 08:37

thanks for that.

very useful information

so the ASA is now the main option for firewall needs

i had wondered why the 2 were still being sold in parallel as the ASA seemed to offer so much more!

thomasdzubin Wed, 01/30/2008 - 09:13

Thanks for the link. Since this past July, I've been recommending to all my clients that they go with the ASA. It did confuse me that I didn't see any end-of-life announcement since it was really obvious that the 5505 was replacing the low end 501 and 506 and they couldn't be upgraded to a recent firmware version either. I wonder why it took them so long.


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