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Selecting the Right ASA5500 Parts


I have been using PIX applicances for more than 4 years and I'm planning to start using the new ASA5500 but I'm facing some issues in selecting the right parts:

1- If I'm willing to build a high availability perimeter (i.e. using two units in active/standby failover mode), should I just order two similar appliances? Isn't there any cheap FO unit like the PIX?

2- Does the failover feature function exactly the same as the PIX where a serial-based failover is used for config-sync and a LAN-based FO is used for long distance and a stateful FO is used for maintaining session information? I can't see any serial port that can be used for FO!!!

3- When is the Content Security and Control Security Services Module going to be released? I can't find it in the latest price list.

Many thanks.



Re: Selecting the Right ASA5500 Parts

1. Yes, there is no concept of FO licence on the ASAs so just buy two.

2. Use LAN-based failover.

3. ASA-SSM-CSC-10-K9= etc is in my price list issued today.