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PlanetIT: VPN IPsec: Progress Slow But Steady

Oct 25, 2000, 07:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Fratto)

"Do you have a distributed network you need to secure? Want to connect those remote offices to your central site but don't need the headache of managing numerous remote devices? Do you need to support both remote offices and traveling users? Have we got a deal for you! The use of VPNs (virtual private networks) to support remote users who connect to the corporate network over the Internet is growing quickly and with good reason. Just the cost savings in long-distance charges for remote users and leased lines are enough to justify the pain and agony of installing and managing a VPN. And those savings can be realized for remote offices as well."

"As the number of VPN gateways increases, so does the need for smart, robust, centralized management, because you don't want to increase your workload proportionally. There is some help on the way. As the VPN becomes more critical to your operations, many vendors are adding support for integration and high-availability features that let the gateway leverage existing services for authentication, configuration and logging. Leveraging existing services should reduce much of the management overhead."

"In addition to the management hurdles, configuring a VPN using equipment from multiple vendors is gnarly. At this point, support for IPsec (IP Security) interoperability isn't making much difference."

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