RackConnect network device comparison

  • Last updated on: 2016-01-21
  • Authored by: Juan Perez

Applies to: RackConnect v3.0 and RackConnect v2.0

The following tables provide a detailed comparison of the network devices available for use with your RackConnect configuration. RackConnect is abbreviated to RC in some instances.

RackConnect network device comparison

Features ASA 5505 Sec+ ASA 5510 Sec+ ASA 5520 ASA 5540 ASA 5550 ASA 5515-X ASA 5525-X ASA 5545-X ASA 5555-X Brocade ADX 1000 F5 1600 F5 3600
Load balancer pools No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Maximum concurrent connections 25,000 130,000 280,000 400,000 650,000 250,000 500,000 750,000 1 million 4–8 million 1 million 8 million
Maximum SSL TPS1 7,250–14,500 5,000 10,000
Maximum concurrent SSL connections 64,000 1 million 1 million
Stateful firewall2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (but not supported as a firewall) No No
VPN tunneling Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
High availability option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

1 A license upgrade might be required to reach Maximum SSL TPS.

2 We recommend using a Cisco ASA as the RackConnect edge device type.

RackConnect specific overview

Device Maximum RC cloud servers1 RC network device config options RackConnect v2.0 compatible RackConnect v3.0 compatible Maximum throughput2
(Cloud<->Dedicated)
(Cloud<->Internet)
ASA 5505 Sec+ 5 Edge or Edge+Connected Yes Yes 150 Mbps
ASA 5510 Sec+ 25 Edge or Edge+Connected Yes Yes 300 Mbps
ASA 5520 50 Edge or Edge+Connected Yes Yes 450 Mbps
ASA 5540 80 Edge or Edge+Connected Yes Yes 650 Mbps
ASA 5550 100+ Edge or Edge+Connected Yes Yes 1 Gbps
ASA 5515-X 50 Edge or Edge+Connected Yes Yes 1.2 Gbps
ASA 5525-X 100+ Edge or Edge+Connected Yes Yes 2 Gbps
ASA 5545-X 100+ Edge or Edge+Connected Yes Yes 3 Gbps
ASA 5555-X 100+ Edge or Edge+Connected Yes Yes 4 Gbps
Brocade ADX 1000 100+ Connected only No (not in RackConnect edge or connected device roles) Yes 2–9 Gbps
F5 1600 100+ Connected or Edge+Connected Yes Yes In: 500 Mbps
Out: 500 Mbps
F5 3600 100+ Connected or Edge+Connected Yes Yes In: 1 Gbps
Out: 1 Gbps

1 Maximum cloud server guidelines are based on internal testing. Actual results might vary by production load and edge device type.

2 RackConnect throughput is limited by RackConnect switching infrastructure connectivity: maximum of 1 Gbps theoretical.

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