The devices are not quite obsolete, but are getting there. Cisco could stop supporting them at any time. You need two types of maintenance to keep IDS devices current; hardware and signature. If you have hardware maintenance, you can upgrade to the latest 6.x code. If you have signature maintenance, you can apply the latest signature.
The Cisco Service for IPS contracts will typically cover support for the hardware, software, and signatures.
There is a special Cisco Service for IPS contract type that only covers signatures, but this special contract is only available to user's who have already purchased a partner supplied maintenance contract for the hardware and software.
So you can not have the sensor covered only for signature updates.
So you will need to ensure your sensors are covered under an up to date Cisco Service for IPS maintenance contract.
Contact your Cisco Sales Representative for how to purchase the Cisco Service for IPS contract for your sensors.
They are probably having to buy that special Cisco Service for IPS contract that only covers signatures. This is because they are likely buying the hardware and software support contract directly from the reseller rather than a standard Cisco contract.
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