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Published: May 17th, 2001

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.



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