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Friday, April 15, 2005

F5 Fires Up Powerful SSL VPN Solution

The FirePass 4100 appliance from F5 Networks is an impressive and powerful SSL VPN solution.

It supports clustering environments up to 10 nodes, allowing up to 20,000 concurrent users—-1,000 concurrent users per node—-and secure Web-based remote access to corporate applications and desktops.  The FirePass 4100 includes four 10/100/1000 copper Ethernet ports and three PCI slots for optional SSL acceleration as well as an 80-Gbyte hard drive.  It’s Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-compliant, an important selling point for solution providers serving the health-care, government and military verticals.  The FirePass 4100 is an enterprise-class appliance engineered to provide remote access as well as create SSL VPNs with greater ease and manageability than any products previously available.

To evaluate the appliance, they used a test network running Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and using Cisco and AdTran access routers and switches at Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood, Wash.  This article publishes the results of their revew.

Posted on 04/15