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Borderless Networks: Meat to Go

Yesterday we took a look at some concrete examples of Borderless Networks in the enterprise and home office.

Today, while we have seen that there is plenty of meat in Borderless Networks in the office, Borderless Networks has plenty of meat on the road as well. Bob, our enterprise worker, travels a lot, doing tradeshows and customer visits and dispensing Kool-Aid of various types. When he knows he is going to have to do some heavy lifting with PowerPoint he is sure to take a laptop running AnyConnect, a secure VPN client that works with the Cisco ASA firewall back at HQ to give secure, encrypted remote access. Even if he is in a coffee shop using public Wi-Fi, he knows that his data is safe because everything is going back through that encrypted tunnel. But it is more than just connectivity that we are talking about here because traffic goes through a Cisco Ironport web security appliance, filtering spyware, trojans and the like. And, just like when he is in the office, TrustSec ensures that he has access to what he needs and can’t touch the things he doesn’t. Security is deeply integrated into the network itself, not just an afterthought or add-on appliance.

These days, with smartphones getting better and better, sometimes Bob doesn’t even need to bring a laptop on day trips, he just brings his phone. His recent upgrade to an iPhone 4 meant that he could run AnyConnect on his iPhone, so he has secure access to resources back at work, which sure makes things easier when he is travelling lightly. Bob is interested in tablets too. He is thinking about getting either a Cisco Cius or an iPad, either of which would allow him to ditch the notebook for most trips, both of which would be lighter and cooler than a laptop and both of which are targeted for AnyConnect support.

So, when I hear things like Borderless Networks needs more meat, I just laugh. The architecture is there, the products are there and the synergies are all there. The beef is it connects anyone, anywhere, on any device – securely, reliably, and seamlessly.

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  1. I really like AnyConnect but I will be moving away from Cisco ASA’s and AnyConnect. I have a Cisco 5510 standyby paper weight because Cisco wants my company to buy 20 licenses for two Cisco ASA’s but only be able to use 10 at a time. This is because I have them in Active/Standby. Of course I could spend $50,000 on the Shared SSL VPN license since they only allow sharing starting at 500 licenses. It appears that Cisco doesn’t care to much for the Small Business. It is one of the most ridiculous licensing requirements I have every seen.

    Chad (Recent Fortigate Purchaser)

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    • Jason Lackey

      Hi Chad,

      I reached out to our product management team and here is what I found out:

      Beginning in ASA 8.3, licenses from the primary and secondary device in an A/S pair are added together, so 10+10 = 20, not 10. In addition, Cisco now offers “Essentials” licenses, which are almost free after discount and would provide up to 250 simultaneous connections on the ASA 5510 for $150 (list price).

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  2. I appreciate your quick response. I have been frustrated about this for months because after talking with a Cisco rep twice at Dell, I was told otherwise. One of those times was 2 days ago. I recently sent them some information regarding this to help them in the future. I also was informed that the ASA 5510 through 5540 will most likely need a RAM upgrade. Thanks for your time. Have a great day.

    Regards,

    Chad

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