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SSL VPNs driving remote networking

Analysts say better access to networks from remote locations is the number one factor driving remote networking. And enterprises are increasingly adopting more affordable methods like Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to connect remote or mobile workers to corporate databases and internal networks. Naturally, security is a big concern here, and two security technologies have been running neck to neck for market leadership. But the verdict is now out, and many are favoring SSL VPNs as against


More corporate users are starting to implement VPNs using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology primarily because of its ease-of-use.

All the big vendors have been drawn to SSL as they see rising demand for the technology in the coming months. There has been a shake-out among small start-ups that dominated this market a year ago. Today, SSL products are available from all the big names in security switching: Cisco Systems, Check Point Software, F5 Networks, Nokia, NetScreen, Nortel Networks and Symantec. Vendors like F5 Networks, NetScreen and Symantec have acquired start-ups for this technology. Others, such as Cisco, Nokia and Nortel have developed the technology in-house.

Analysts say growing adoption and awareness for SSL VPNs has been possible thanks to the endorsement from bigger players.

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