comparison switch 6500 and ASA 5500

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Nov 29th, 2007

Please, can someone help me to decide what is better for using in a lan- wan enviroment to close L2L and remote VPN, and to use as firewall??

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Jon Marshall Fri, 11/30/2007 - 01:24

Hi

If you are looking to terminate L2L tunnels/remote access vpn's and firewall all on the same device then you are much better going for the ASA device.

To do this on the 6500 you would need a separate Firewall Service Module and then a VPN module/card as the FWSM cannot terminate L2L/remote access vpn's.

HTH

Jon

jackeline Fri, 11/30/2007 - 05:03

Hi Jon,

Thanks for your help, but the reason that I am interested in the switch is that in the network there are a lot of servers that need to be acces by the L2l and the remote VPN users. In this case I think the ASA would a bottle neck,

What do you think??

Jon Marshall Fri, 11/30/2007 - 07:47

Hi

It depends on how much bandwidth is aggregated from our remote sites and the Internet.

Certainly if you needed 5Gbps throughput of firewall connectivity you would need a FWSM but i suspect you don't need anywhere near that. There are a number of ASA devices and the high end ones are still considerably cheaper than a 6509 solution with service modules.

Take a look at the data sheet for the ASA's

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6120/products_data_sheet0900aecd802930c5.html

If cost is not an option and you see significant growth requirements or you really do need to look at huge throughput the 6500 is worth consideration.

Jon

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