Cisco edges F5 in VPN shootout

Connecting remotely to network servers is a fact of life for millions of end users. Whether working from a PC or a mobile device, users rely on secure, reliable remote connections to maintain their productivity.

We tested five products that deliver remote SSL/VPN connectivity: WatchGuard SSL 560, Barracuda SSL VPN 380, Dell SonicWall EX-7000, F5 Networks BIG-IP Edge Gateway 3900 Platform and Cisco's ASA 5515-X security appliance.

We found each of these products to be capable, fully mature and established in the marketplace, which made it a bit of a challenge to choose a winner. Our top pick, the Cisco ASA 5515-X security appliance narrowly edged out the competition. While it didn't dominate in every category, the Cisco ASA 5515-X won top billing due to its rich feature set, powerful and granular configuration options and overall balance of capacity and features.

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