Performance - ASA 5550/5580 versus Nokia IP560/590

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Mar 9th, 2009

I've just been looking at the performance stats for the firewalls we have (Nokia) and the firewalls we are planning to get (ASA) and found the following:

Nokia IP560

FW - large packets 6.0 Gbps

VPN - large packets 1.78 Gbps, AES256

CPS - 58,000 CPS

Max 725,000 FW TCP sessions

Nokia IP690

Firewall - large packets 7 Gbps

VPN - large packets 1.85 Gbps, AES256

Max TCP 725,000

TCP session rate 35,624

Cisco ASA 5550

Maximum firewall and IPS throughput(Mbps)1.2 Gbps

Maximum firewall connections 650,000

Maximum firewall connections/second 36,000

Packets per second (64 byte)600,000

Maximum 3DES/AES VPN throughput 425 Mbps

Maximum site-to-site and remote access VPN sessions 5000

Maximum SSL VPN user sessions 5000

Bundled SSL VPN user session 2

Either Nokia and Cisco are measuring completely differently, or the ASA is way, way slower than the Nokia boxes

Can anyone help?

Many thanks


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JamesLuther Mon, 03/09/2009 - 12:23


If you look at the 5580 then your able to get upto 20 Gbps (using large packet sizes) and 2 million concurrent connections.

This competes well with a Nokia box.



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