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June 2005

Nothing But 'Net: SSL VPNs provide cheap secure remote access

SSL VPNs provide The Sports Authority, and a growing number of enterprises, with cheaper secure remote connectivity. Will they eventually slam dunk IPSec? Tale of the Tape The following are general characteristics of both SSL and IPSec VPNs. Various implementations will differ by vendor.   Secure remote connectivity hasn't always been a slam dunk at The Sports Authority. Following its 2003 merger with the U.S.'s second largest sporting goods retailer, Gart Sports Company, the chain grew to 386 stores in 45 states. Providing its remote sales staff and buyers with secure access to the corporate network was as difficult as beating a full-court press. "Our corporate portal was getting larger and larger, and we needed to distill more information to sales people, for example," says group Unix manager Joseph Girodo. "As we built up the portal solution, the need for access increased." Girodo resolved a host of connectivity woes by deploying F5 Networks' FirePass 4100 SSL VPN. Gone are dropped Telnet connections, system timeouts and ...

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