If you’re running a WatchGuard e-Series firewall appliance, please note that it will reach End of Life on December 31, 2015. Here’s what that means for you: First of all, when your current LiveSecurity subscription (and/or other Unified Threat Manager components) expires, you will not be allowed to renew it for another year. You can purchase a renewal that will expire on December 31, 2015, but the cost will not be pro-rated – you’ll have to pay for a full year of coverage, but you won’t get a full year of coverage. If you continue to run your e-Series appliance after December 31, you will be running without any support from WatchGuard – no more firmware updates, no more updates for the Gateway AV or WebBlocker functions (if you’re using those), and no hardware warranty coverage.
The good news is that WatchGuard has a trade-up program for existing customers that will allow you to purchase a new firewall appliance at a significantly discounted price. So our recommendation to you is that you:
- Plan now to replace your e-Series firewall appliance on or before December 31. If your existing LiveSecurity subscription is due to expire sooner than December, then that’s probably the replacement date you should shoot for, rather than wasting money paying for a renewal when you won’t get your full money’s worth.
- Contact ManageOps to get pricing for your trade-up options so you know what to budget for. We will then put you on our follow-up list and contact you with a quote roughly 60 days before your subscription expires so you can get your replacement unit ordered.