Noticed this today:
Cisco announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System. The last day to order the affected product(s) is June 3, 2011
Cisco purchased CS-MARS to expand and deliver a full range Security Portfolio, there was much excitement that Cisco had finally committed to delivering a worthy security strategy and becoming a full service partner. It seems that this is no longer part of the plan.
If there is no SIEM in the portfolio then what does this means for Network Security.
Product Migration Options
There is no replacement available for the Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System at this time.
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco Security Manager or to the Security Information and Event Management ecosystem partners for their security management needs. For security managed services, customers are encouraged to evaluate Cisco Remote Management Services.
Although some functions have been integrated into Cisco Security Manager, I believe that most functionality has been ditched and Cisco is suggesting that customers consider other products for those use cases.
If Cisco’s commitment to security products is diminished, then I would also have to question the long term plan for other products such as NAC. Undeniably, Cisco’s partnership with Trend Micro for Content Security and the IronPort purchase may have given executives enough revenue from Security to turn elsewhere. Instead of growing all the security business they have elected that this is good enough. Given that Cisco is growing is too many directions, Security probably doesn’t matter compared to UCS, Teleconferencing, Flip videos and that home video thing (UMI?). Lets face it, not even corporates care that much about security, they aren’t spending much money on it.
I can also sense that the impact of virtualisation is part of the issue. It seems that vendors are moving away from appliances for network services to using virtual machines, and this change in strategy means a realignment in product focus.
Notwithstanding, it seems Cisco commitment to security practice is less than total. Which is odd for company that is desperately looking for the growth that is demanded by the shareholders.
You can find the EOL notice at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps5739/ps6241/eol_c51-636888.html