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Hi Experts,

We are planning on implementing a database server in a colo and they are supplying our rack with a 20 mb internet connection and static ip. We want to setup a point to point VPN from our central office in Europe to the colo. I have an ASA5505 for this will I need a router or switch as well?
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by:RGRodgers
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VPN capabilities tend to be very equipment sensitive.  What VPN equipment will they have in the colo?  ...RG
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The Central office will have a ASA 5540 and I have a ASA 5505 for the colo. Should I look into something else?
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No.  Configure the 5505 as a client and the 5540 as a server.  It should give you what you need...RG
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http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps6032/ps6094/ps6120/product_data_sheet0900aecd802930c5.html

Table 1 shows that a 5505 can handle up to 100Mbps VPN throughput, so spec-wise you should be fine when it comes to raw throughput.

Will this colo have multiple subnets, routing, NAT, etc.? How many physical ports do you need? Those all have the potential to affect the ASA5505's performance.
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Thanks RGRodgers and Rauenpc. Right now the colo will have one subnet for the server network. After we test this configuration out we plan on having multiple locations (20-30 remote locations) connect to this server, so yes we may need to add additional routing but this a few months down the road.
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Unless the 20-30 remote locations will go through your central office to reach your colo, you will need a larger ASA as the 5505 can handle 25 VPN connections at max. Even if you only end up with 20 sites, you'd still be better off getting a larger ASA rather than pushing a 5505 to prove that Cisco specs are accurate in a production network. I would recommend going with an ASA5512-X. The ASA5510 would be more than adequate, but for a relatively small increase in price the X series can handle a lot more if you ever need it. Also, being the newer platform you will have longer support availability from Cisco (I assume).

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps6032/ps6094/ps6120/data_sheet_c78-701253.html
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