Secure VPN hardware options
Posted on 2009-04-10
Secure VPN solution
I have been supporting small local business for just over 5 years now in my own business and prior to that I work for International Paper as a network Analyst. During my time with IPaper I was forced to keep all my certs updated and to continually learn new products, since going into business for myself I have not done any of that as most of my client base ranges from 20-40 PCs and most are single-site networks.
Although I went through the Cisco Network Academy and passed the CCNA back in 2001
I have not had a need to use the products on a small scale, so I really dont remember the Cisco OS and now find myself with 2 different clients needing greater VPN security.
One client has recently won a new 10-year contract that stipulates a greater degree of security and the other client is now doing more and more work for the military and has requested greater sure access.
Currently these site are running the Cisco/Linksys RV042 with everything secure setting maxed out. I probally have about 38-40 of these router in the field and they are really easy to work with and although I have heard nightmares from other techs regarding this line of routers, I myself have had great success and very few returns to Linksys. And for about $145 the price id right in the clients eyes.
Since receiving this new request today I have been looking around and hoping not to have to breakout the Cisco OS books again. One option I wanted to ask you guys about is the Juniper line of routers and specifically the SA2500 SSL VPN Appliance.
Does anyone has experience with Juniper and the SA2500 and if so how easy is it to manage.
And does anyone have another secure hardware solution that is easily managed without learning a specific OS.
Money is not a problem with both these clients but I would also like to have another low-cost alternate to the RV042 option that I have been using for the past 5 years.
As always, Im indebted to all the Experts who have help me other the years, I appreciate the effort.
My best and Happy Easter!