Did you know that over 70% of Cisco employees telecommute at least 1 day a week? As someone who telecommutes regularly, using a VPN to securely access the Cisco corporate network has become second nature. Cisco also uses VPN connections to extend the corporate network to cloud service providers, remote offices, data centers and much more – all around the world. That’s a lot of VPN connections.
When you consider the multiple types of VPN: DVPN, Site-to-Site, EasyVPN etc. that exist today, the overhead to manage VPNs for any business, large or small should not be underestimated. As part of Cisco’s Cloud Intelligent Network solution, Cisco launched a new feature called FlexVPN to simplify the management and deployment of VPNs by enabling the reuse of configuration commands for each VPN connection.
FlexVPN uses the new IKEv2 standard a next-generation key management protocol described in RFC 4306 and is an enhancement of the IKE protocol. FlexVPN features a modular structured framework of CLI commands that combines the different types of VPN including site-to-site, remote access, hub and spoke topologies and partial meshes. If you manage and administer VPNs on a daily basis, FlexVPN will make it easier to view your existing VPN configurations and more importantly make it easier and faster to deploy new VPN connections.
If you would like to learn more about FlexVPN and other Cisco security technologies for securing the cloud, you can view online Part 3 of our Conquer the Cloud Webinar Series: Enforcing Pervasive Cloud Security.