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Product announcements - Microsoft delivers enterprise-level performance and scale with VPN in Win2K (14.03.00)

News from Microsoft has revealed that NSTL tests have illustrated the first real-world performance validation of both 5,000 simultaneous point-to-point tunnelling protocol (PPTP) and 5,000 simultaneous layer two tunnelling protocol (L2TP/IPSec) virtual private networking (VPN) connections with as much as two to five times the number of tunnels than other server-based VPNs at this level of performance.

The tests prove that the server-based scalability of Microsoft Windows 2000 VPN meets the needs of even the largest organisations for as low as $5 per connection while proving the scalability ranges of PPTP and L2TP/IPSec on a server-based VPN gateway. Results also show site-to-site performance as high as 70 Mbps using L2TP/IPSec protocol, exceeding the connection speed of most server-based VPNs. With everything needed for integrated VPN, Windows 2000 now offers large customers secure remote access with enterprise performance and scale at less than half the price of other server-based VPN solutions.