Cisco ASA 5580 series adaptive security appliance comes in two models the ASA 5580-20 and ASA 5580-40. In addition to world-class performance, the Cisco ASA 5580s also introduces new features and capabilities in the areas of scalable logging, system environmental monitoring, VPN Remote Access user limits, 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and more.

The ASA 5580-20 delivers 5 Gigabits per second of TCP traffic and UDP performance is even greater. Many features in the system are made multi-core capable to achieve this high throughput. In addition the system delivers greater than 60,000 TCP connections per second and supports up to 1 million connections.

The ASA 5580-40 delivers 10 Gigabits per second of TCP traffic and similar to ASA 5580-20 the UDP performance will be even greater. The ASA 5580-40 delivers greater than 120,000 TCP connections per second and up to 2 million connections in total.

The ASA 5580-20 and the ASA 5580-40 supports 50 security contexts and up to 100 VLAN interfaces (250 VLAN interfaces will be supported in a future release) and 1 Gigabit of IPSec VPN 3DES performance. They support up to 24 Gigabit data ports or up to 12 Ten Gigabit data ports as well as two additional Gigabit ports for management. Optional redundant, hot-swappable power capabilities are available as well as hot-swappable cooling fans in case of a fan failure.

NetFlow version 9 will be used to export information about the progression of a flow from start to finish. The NetFlow implementation will export records indicating significant events in the life of a flow. This is different from traditional NetFlow which exports data about flows at regular intervals. The NetFlow module will also export records about the flows that are denied by Access Lists. You can configure an ASA 5580 to send the following events using NetFlow:

  • Flow Creation
  • Flow Teardown
  • Flow Denied – Only flows denied by ACL will be reported in the first release.

Additionally, the adaptive security appliance software supports Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM). ASDM delivers world-class security management and monitoring through an intuitive, easy-to-use web-based management interface. Bundled with the adaptive security appliance, ASDM accelerates adaptive security appliance deployment with intelligent wizards, robust administration tools, and versatile monitoring services that complement the advanced integrated security and networking features offered by the market-leading suite of the adaptive security appliance. Its secure, web-based design enables anytime, anywhere access to adaptive security appliances.

Manufacturer Cisco Systems, Inc
Manufacturer Part Number ASA5580-40-8GE-K9
Product Type Security appliance
Height (Rack Units) 4U
Installed Modules Qty (Max) 2 ( 6 )
Width 48.3 cm
Depth 67.3 cm
Height 17.6 cm
Weight 29.9 kg
Processor / Memory / Storage
RAM Installed ( Max ) 12 GB
Flash Memory Installed (Max) 1 GB


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Form Factor - Rack-mountable
RAM - 12 GB
Flash Memory Installed (Max)- 1 GB
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