Eleven SSL VPN products are put to the test

* Network World rates SSL VPN gear in seven areas

It's been two years since the last one, but this week Network World is publishing its latest test of SSL VPN gear.

We looked at 11 products and tested them in seven areas: application interoperability; end-point security support; fine-grained access control; high availability; manageability; portal control and virtualization; and authentication.

The results are a comprehensive look at the devices tested. For instance, the application interoperability was tested using 16 different applications and nine different operating system-browser configurations. The accompanying charts provide raw data about each device, so readers don't have to rely on just the highlights covered in the text.

The big winner in the test was Juniper's Secure Access 6000. But other vendors shone in particular areas, and this is where the accompanying charts come in handy. If, for instance, end-point security is most important to you, you can find out which vendor's gear (Check Point and F5) scored the best in that area. If you are more interested in interoperability, you can find out which vendors did best (Juniper and Nokia).

The SSL VPN test package runs for six pages in the print edition and is a must-read for anyone considering buying SSL VPN gear anytime soon. There's even a chart on how best to make that decision.

The vendors that participated were: AEP Networks, Array Networks, Aventail, Caymas Systems, Check Point, F5 Networks, Fortinet, Juniper Networks, Nokia, Nortel and SonicWall. The tests were carried out by Joel Snyder, a senior partner in Opus One, and a member of the Network World Lab Alliance.

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