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Juniper Networks – A Great Alternative to Cisco

Juniper Networks

How Can a Juniper Networks Infrastructure Benefit My Business? By Derek Rogers Does your company need a computer network infrastructure? If so, then you should consider Juniper Networks. Their products can create an environment for hastening the installation of applications and services over one network. Juniper can create outstanding solutions …

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Catalyst 3750E 48-GIG 2-10GE Review

[ReviewAZON asin="B000O31MSW"]The Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series of Switches with StackWise Plus is an enterprise-class line of stackable wiring closet switches that facilitate the deployment of secure converged applications while maximizing investment protection for evolving network and application requirements. Combining 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations with 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks, the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E enhances worker productivity by enabling applications such as IP telephony, wireless, and video.[/ReviewAZON]

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Cisco ASA 5540 Appliance Review

[ReviewAZON asin="B0009PZYRU"]The Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliance delivers a wide range of high-performance, high-density security services with Active/Active high availability and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for medium-to-large enterprise and service-provider networks, in a reliable, modular appliance. Using its four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and support for up to 100 VLANs, businesses can segment their network into numerous zones for improved security. The Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliance scales with businesses as their network security requirements grow, delivering exceptional investment protection and services scalability. The advanced network and application layer security services and anti-x defenses provided by the Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliance can be extended by deploying a high performance Security Services Module. Businesses can scale their IPSec and SSL VPN capacity through multiple means to support a larger number of mobile workers, remote sites, and business partners. VPN capacity and resiliency can be increased by taking advantage of the integrated VPN clustering and load balancing capabilities of the Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliance, with support for up to 10 appliances in a cluster supporting a maximum of 50, 000 VPN peers per cluster. Businesses can also scale up to 5000 IPSec and 2500 SSL VPN peers on each Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliance through the installation of a VPN upgrade license. Using the optional security context capabilities of the Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliance, businesses can deploy up to 50 virtual firewalls within an appliance to enable compartmentalized control of security policies on per-department or per-customer basis, and deliver reduced overall management and support costs.[/ReviewAZON]

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Review: WAN Optimization Solutions

Riverbed diagram

I recently had the opportunity to test out and implement some of the top WAN optimization products on the market today. I was amazed at the science behind these awesome devices and how they were able to “speed” up long distance data transfers. WAN Optimization has been a bit of …

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Review: Cisco ASA 5500

Firewall Migration

Today we review the Cisco ASA 5500 series firewall/vpn/ips/security device.  For those who don’t remember the Cisco ASA series is the replacement for the PIX as well as the VPN concentrator.  Along with the new line of ISR routers, Cisco is moving swiftly on all fronts to devices that can …

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DNS Review: Commercial DNS Appliances

Infoblox

I recently had the opportunity to completely over haul the DNS for a large IT organization and wanted to take this opportunity to do a complete DNS review.  As part of the over-haul, the internal DNS would remain on Windows Active Directory servers however the public facing external DNS servers …

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What is the Cisco 6509 Enhanced?

Recently I was on a project to upgrade our current Cisco 6509 core switches and came across some new changes to the Cisco 6509 chassis. The switches that were being upgraded were just doing basic switching duties, populated with Sup II’s in Slot 1 and primarily had 10/100/1000 switching module …

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Review: Scrutinizer NetFlow Analyzer

Today I’m going to review Plixer’com’s netflow analyzer called Scrutinizer. Scruntizer is a free, yes you heard that right, FREE netflow analyzer for your Cisco router. Wikipedia defines Netflow as:an open but proprietary network protocol developed by Cisco Systems to run on Cisco IOS-enabled equipment for collecting IP traffic information. …

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