I got my hands on a brand new asa 5545X. After reading on the hardware specs and comparing the real thing with my own eyes has got me into a confusion.
I can only access 1 core cpu with 6G of ram, however the specs says about 8 core cpu and 12G of ram. where is the remaining hardware hidden away ?
Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software Version 9.1(1)
Device Manager Version 7.1(1)52
Compiled on Wed 28-Nov-12 11:15 PST by builders
System image file is "disk0:/asa911-smp-k8.bin"
Config file at boot was "startup-config"
asa-1 up 9 mins 46 secs
Hardware: ASA5545, 12288 MB RAM, CPU Lynnfield 2659 MHz, 1 CPU (8 cores)
ASA: 6144 MB RAM, 1 CPU (1 core)
Internal ATA Compact Flash, 8192MB
BIOS Flash MX25L6445E @ 0xffbb0000, 8192KB
Can someone help me to understand this difference please ?
The ASA and IPS within ASA-X series shares CPU, RAM and Flash, and they are pre-allocated.
The 1 core and 6G of RAM is allocated for the ASA and the rest are allocated for the IPS.