Cisco adds VPN capability

Cisco Systems Inc. is adding VPN capability to its service provider edge router, the Cisco 10000. The IP Security (IPSec) VPN Service Module is a new hardware blade for the Cisco 10000 chassis that can support network-based VPN services. This new capability means the Cisco 10000 can support IPSec VPN services, as well as VPNs based on Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) virtual paths. The 10000 already supports MPLS. The new hardware performs Triple-DES encryption at 250Mbps and maintains 25,000 simultaneous IPSec tunnels. The blade is essentially a Cisco VPN 5000 Series Concentrator on a card, according to Alan Cohen, senior director of marketing for Cisco’s Service Provider line of business. The VPN 5000 concentrators sit at the edge of a service provider network and allow for both remote access and site-to-site VPN access.