The best SSL VPN products for you: A buyer's guide
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Pulse Connect Secure is a series of hardware-based and virtual appliances that provide SSL VPN capabilities. These appliances support secure remote access to an organization's computing resources from a variety of client devices, including desktops, laptops and mobile devices.
Pulse Connect Secure appliances allow for up to 2,500 users
There are four Pulse Secure Appliance (PSA) hardware models for Pulse Connect Secure:
- PSA300, up to 200 concurrent users;
- PSA3000, up to 200 concurrent users (has more hard drive storage than the PSA300);
- PSA5000, up to 2,500 concurrent users; and
- PSA7000, up to 25,000 concurrent users.
Pulse Connect Secure also offers a virtual appliance that can handle up to 10,000 concurrent connections per instance.
Client and authentication support for Pulse Connect Secure
SSL VPN client software can take any of four approaches: clientless, browser plug-in, stand-alone executable and mobile app. Pulse Connect Secure supports three of these approaches: clientless, browser plug-in (Java-based) and stand-alone executable. This means that Pulse Connect Secure can be used with clients that run nearly any operating system or web browser.
Pulse Connect Secure products support a variety of authentication options, including integration with enterprise cryptographic tokens (both hardware and software-based), smart cards and digital certificates. Extensive single sign-on capabilities are also available.
In terms of access control, Pulse Connect Secure offers typical network access control features, such as checking client devices for the presence of security software (e.g., personal firewalls, antivirus software), ensuring that the operating system is fully patched and verifying a client-based digital certificate to ensure the device is authorized for remote access. In addition, Pulse Connect Secure also offers granular access control for individual users or for groups of users, restricting access to sensitive enterprise resources (servers, applications, files and so on).
For the Pulse Connect Secure products, licenses for additional concurrent users can be added for a fee. Surge licensing known as In Case of Emergency is also available to temporarily increase the number of concurrent users during emergencies.
Pulse Connect Secure offers hardware-based and virtual appliance options that can support organizations from small enterprises, with fewer than 100 concurrent users, to the largest enterprises, with an essentially unlimited number of concurrent users. Pulse Connect Secure provides clientless, Java browser-based plug-in and stand-alone executable client options, which make it accessible to nearly any operating system or web browser.
The appliances also support unusually rich and robust network access control and authentication capabilities. Because of the sizing options and feature set, Pulse Connect Secure offers viable solutions for enterprises of any size, even large service providers.
Check out the other SSL VPN products covered in this series: Barracuda SSL VPN, Check Point Mobile Access Software Blade, Cisco IOS SSL VPN, Dell SonicWALL Secure Remote Access and OpenVPN Access Server.
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