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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The Cisco ASA 5540 is an extremely flexible firewall. Designed to replace the PIX 525 and 535 series firewalls, the ASA 5540 is smaller, faster, and more rebust for less money.

Capable of up to 650Mps throughput and 500 Mpbs firewall and IPs throughput using the included AIP 20 SSM. This firewall is perfect for just about any enterprise organization and will last for the next three to seven years.

Cisco ASA 5540 Adaptive Security Appliance Platform Capabilities and Capacities

Feature Description
Firewall Throughput Up to 650 Mbps
Maximum Firewall and IPS Throughput

• Up to 500 Mbps with AIP-SSM-20

• Up to 650 Mbps with AIP-SSM-40
VPN Throughput Up to 325 Mbps
Concurrent Sessions 400,000
IPsec VPN Peers 5000
SSL VPN Peer License Levels* 2, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000, and 2500
Security Contexts Up to 50*
Interfaces 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 1 Fast Ethernet port
Virtual Interfaces (VLANs) 200
Scalability VPN clustering and load balancing
High Availability Active/Active**, Active/Standby

*Separately licensed feature; includes two with base system
**Available for the firewall feature set
Note: Performance numbers tested and validated with the ASA 7.2 Software Release


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