ASA 5505 vs 5510

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Jun 16th, 2008
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I'm trying to decide on the proper level of security for our company headquarters. Right now, we have about 25 computers that access the network. At any one time, we perhaps have 8 to 10 pcs on the internet at any one time. There is currently site to site vpn links between 6 branch facilities. Most of the brach facilities have 5-6 pcs on each one but the average is three at a time per branch. We're only going to share one application across this VPN Tunnel--a manufacturing ERP Program (just for entry/order of batch tickets) it's not a heavily computerized environment. Now we want to run the VPN as a hub and spoke kind of configuration. The branches don't need to talk with one another, but all of them need to talk with our Central Branch.


With our needs being so light, do you think its overkill to go with the 5510 versus the 5505?

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Farrukh Haroon Mon, 06/16/2008 - 07:08
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I would say go for the ASA 5510 for scalability reasons like the AIP-SSM module, vpn load-balancing support, multiple contexts, two gigabit interfaces etc.


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Farrukh

francisco_1 Mon, 06/16/2008 - 08:35
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here is a small comparison i put together to help you decide.


ASA 5505


Maximum firewall and IPS throughput (Mbps):

150 Mbps

Maximum firewall connections/second: 4000

Maximum site-to-site and remote access VPN sessions: 10 /25

Integrated ports: 8 port 10/100 switch with 2 Power over Ethernet ports

Intrusion Prevention: Not available

Security contexts (included/maximum): None

SSL and IPsec VPN services: Yes

VPN clustering and load balancing: Not available



ASA 5510

Maximum firewall and IPS throughput (Mbps): 300 Mbps

Maximum firewall connections/second: 9000

Maximum site-to-site and remote access VPN sessions: 250

Integrated ports: 5-10/100 / 2-10/100/1000, 3-10/100 +4-10/100/1000, 4 SFP (with 4GE SSM)

Intrusion Prevention: Yes (with AIP SSM)

Security contexts (included/maximum : 2 / 5

SSL and IPsec VPN services: Yes

VPN clustering and load balancing: Yes

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