Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series SSL Services Module

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Cisco Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Services Module for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco 7600 Series Internet Routers dramatically accelerates the performance and enhances the security of Web-enabled applications, providing comprehensive secure content networking while guaranteeing a swift and persistent customer experience. It accomplishes this by increasing the number of secure connections supported by a Web site by offloading the processor-intensive tasks related to securing traffic with the SSL protocol.

SSL integration with the Cisco Content Switching Module (CSM) provides for a high-performance, scalable, and secure server load balancing solution by accelerating both encrypted and non-encrypted traffic while offloading resource-intensive functions from Web servers.

Key Features

  • Certificate optimization - Encrypts user data to the Web servers, providing privacy, confidentiality, and authentication. SSL uses a wide range of certificates that reside on the module, thus centralizing certificate management, eliminating the need to manage certificates on individual servers, and reducing cost by requiring a single certificate copy versus a certificate copy for each server.
  • Deterministic performance - Provides the fastest SSL session setup rates and bulk encrypted throughput in the industry: 2,500 connection setups/sec per module (12,000) per chassis); 300-Mbps bulk encrypted throughput per module (1.2-Gbps per chasses) while maintaining 50,000 concurrent client connections (200,000 per chassis).
  • Persistent connections - Maintains persistence even when clients request new session IDs when operating with the Cisco CSM (Integrated Mode).
  • Server SSL offload - Integrates SSL processing and performs all SSL-related tasks, allowing servers to handle high-speed clear-text traffic.

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