SSL VPN vs. IPSec: Give the debate a rest

In what feels like a debate that should'vedied outby now, those who think Secure Socket Layer virtual private networks(SSL VPN) are better than those based on IPSec (Interent Protocol Security) are at it again, touting the virtues of "client-less" remote access. Meta Group today had this to say: SSL VPNs are a superset solution, combining capabilities equivalent to IPSec VPNs along with additional access modes that can provide greater flexibility and security in various use cases.

scoreIn what feels like a debate that should'vedied outby now, those who think Secure Socket Layer virtual private networks(SSL VPN) are better than those based on IPSec (Interent Protocol Security) are at it again, touting the virtues of "client-less" remote access. Meta Group today had this to say:

SSL VPNs are a superset solution, combining capabilities equivalent to IPSec VPNs along with additional access modes that can provide greater flexibility and security in various use cases.

True, whether or not they are better depends on use scenarios, but as networking expert George Ou details in a blog post, which is more secure "depends on perspective and what aspect of security you're looking at." Oubringsa neutral stance to the issue. "There are pros and cons to both technologiesIP-based VPN will be compatible with nearly all applications if you take the time to properly deploy it. SSL VPNs are not as flexible but are more convenient from an ease of deployment standpoint," he said.

While SSL VPN seems to stealing away most of the limelight, Nokia, which happens to be a top vendor of VPN solutions, recently announced an array of new VPN products based on IPsec. On the otherhand, Aventail,the leader in SSL VPN products, has a method that can support access to all IP applications, bringing it up to par with IPSec. Perhaps soon then, the blurring of these approaches will put the debate to a rest. What is your take? Leave a comment in our TalkBack.

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