I was told by a salesman at a hosting company to be wary of anyone trying to use a PIX firewall in my hosting solution because Cisco doesn't support them anymore or offer security updates. Is that true? His was the only company out of 5 that didn't include a PIX firewall in their proposal. So is everyone else giving me out-of-date and possibly insecure hardware or is the salesman full of it?
This post from Cisco seems to clarify the dates a bit
looks like certain extended support is still around, but purchasing one has pretty much ended
that said, the ASA is a worthy replacement and still going strong I believe
It depends what you want to do. PIX is still good.515e and 535 even the old 506e .
As I said before it depends on your requirements of design.I still use and deploy them.
Configure them good and they are solid.
Devices and age ,old or new is not the problem.
It is the person configuring them and whether it supports what you want to do.
People think ,they spend more ,they get good .that is a no no.
Think about the old school. Everybody is moving back to command line.before we ran away.
Even exchange 2010 has power shell now.
So work with your requirements.If there design meets what you want .
whether they use helicopter ,use it.