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Sound Off: IPSec versus SSL for Cloud Bridging

Certainly a VPN of some kind is a requirement, no argument there, but why IPSec?

I asked this on Twitter as a general question after reviewing the results in the Completely Unscientific Hybrid Cloud Survey Results from Gartner DC 2012 and continued to wonder why IPSec VPN was specifically noted but SSL VPN was not. Certainly a VPN of some kind is a requirement, no argument there, but why IPSec? Why not SSL? Is there some bias against SSL or is it perhaps just that the presenter at the conference failed to offer it as an option?

Then I thought this is just one of many questions I'd like to hear more opinions on. Blogs are good for asking questions. Blogs are good at aggregating answers and opinions in one place. By golly, a blog is a good place to ask this question too!

So, without further adieu, your question for the week:

Why IPSec for cloud bridging? Is it just the default protocol folks think of when hearing the term VPN or do SSL VPNs lack some critical function required?

Sound off, share your opinion in a comment.

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Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. Her most recent area of focus included SOA-related products and architectures. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.

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