Which VPN: SSL, IPsec or both?

Friday, 15 August 2003, 11:44 AM EST

Choosing the ideal virtual private network is difficult enough for enterprise buyers, without the decision being complicated by rumblings that up-and-coming secure socket layer (SSL) VPNs will quickly overtake, and maybe replace, traditional internet protocal security virtual private networks (IPsec VPNs). Nonetheless, insistence that the IPsec VPN will soon become the ugly stepsister to the Cinderella-like SSL VPN is fueling the latest industry buzz.

“Rumors of IPsec’s death are premature, but there is definitely a very aggressive movement away from IPsec in the remote access space, and that [stems] from some very practical reasons,” says Jude O’Reilley, senior product marketing manager of Aventail.

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