I am wondering what the benefits of bridged mode are in both the FWSM and the ACE implemenation. I am so used to routing everything that I have never used the bridge feature.
For my particular case I will have two server farms hanging directly off the 6513 on VLAN 1000 (about 50 servers). Users will come in on trunked ports to the 6513 on VLANS 100 and 101 (about 500 users).
I have redundant 6513s that will be sitting at a primary data center and redundant 6513s sitting at the DR site. Services will be 100% duplicated at the DR site but in different VLANs.
I get how the ACE would work as a bump in the wire because of the VIPs. I am having a hard time figuring how the firewall would do it...but dont worry, I am working my way through the 710 page guide right now!
Just some general thoughts would be appreciated.