RackConnect network device comparison

  • Last updated on: 2017-10-04
  • 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 (RC) configuration.

RackConnect network device comparison

Device Load Balancer Pools Maximum concurrent connections Maximum SSL TPS1 Maximum Concurrent SSL Connections Stateful Firewall2 VPN Tunneling High Availability Option
ASA 5505 Sec+ No 25,000 - - Yes Yes Yes
ASA 5508-X No 100,000 - - Yes Yes Yes
ASA 5510 Sec+ No 130,000 - - Yes Yes Yes
ASA 5520 No 280,000 - - Yes Yes Yes
ASA 5540 No 400,000 - - Yes Yes Yes
ASA 5550 No 650,000 - - Yes Yes Yes
ASA 5515-X No 250,000 - - Yes Yes Yes
ASA 5525-X No 500,000 - - Yes Yes Yes
ASA 5545-X No 750,000 - - Yes Yes Yes
ASA 5555-X No 1 million - - Yes Yes Yes
Juniper SRX 340 No 256,000 - - Yes Yes Yes
Juniper SRX 1500 No 2 million - - Yes Yes Yes
Brocade ADX 1000 Yes 4 - 8 million 7,250 - 14,500 64,000 Yes (but not supported as a firewall) No Yes
F5 1600 Yes 1 million 5,000 1 million No No Yes
F5 3600 Yes 8 million 10,000 1 million No No 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 5508 50+ Edge or Edge+Connected Yes Yes 500 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
Juniper SRX 340 100+ Edge or Edge+Connected No Yes 1 Gbps
Juniper SRX 1500 100+ Edge or Edge+Connected No Yes 5 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 at a theoretical maximum of 1 Gbps.

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