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Rollout: Array Networks SiteDirect

The Upshot

Array's SiteDirect appliances aim to replace site-to-site IPsec VPNs with SSL. The company claims its SSL VPN improves security, flexibility and control over traditional site-to-site VPNs.

Site-to-site IPsec VPNs like those from Cisco, Nortel, Check Point and others expose the entire network on both ends of the link. Array's site-to-site SSL VPN closes that security hole by allowing for least-privilege access.
While its use of proprietary technology might give some enterprises pause, it's a robust and secure alternative to IPsec for connecting extranets, branches and partner networks.

Array Networks SiteDirect

Site-to-site IPSEC VPNS are the most common configuration for connecting networks or offices, but they expose all connected network resources to internal users. Unfortunately, implementing tight access controls can become a configuration nightmare of firewall rules.

Array Networks claims its new site-to-site SSL VPN, SiteDirect, can ease the configuration burden and improve security. Available as a software upgrade to its SPX Series SSL BVPN gateways, it provides fine-grained access control and avoids the complexity of securing conventional IPsec VPNs.

SSL VPNs have proved a viable alternative to IPsec for remote access; now Array is challenging IPsec supremacy in the site-to-site connection arena. It has its work cut out for it. Check Point Software, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and others have a strong hold over the VPN/firewall market. IPsec is also a battle-tested standard with broad industry support that enables vendor interoperability.

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