Users tout open source security

Tuesday, 18 February 2003, 1:08 AM EST

When the right technology doesn't exist or isn't available at the right price, many large companies get creative and build their own custom systems, such as routers, firewalls or VPN gear.

Linux and open source software is proving to be a valuable tool for businesses that have taken the build-it-yourself approach when it comes to some network systems. Many say the software included in Linux and in some free software packages is as good or better than commercial offerings and costs less to deploy.

When Rochester Midland was looking to move frame relay to a multisite IP Security (IPSec)-based VPN last year, Tony Karakashina, then a network administrator for the company, was charged with rolling out the network.

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