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Crypto Accelerator For IMAP/POP/SMTP connections - thoughts?

Discussion in 'Sun Hardware' started by Jim Noonan, May 19, 2004.

  1. Jim Noonan

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    We just implemented a secure mail transport policy on our mail server
    which handles over 17,000 accounts. Of course we saw a proportional up
    tick in processor overhead to handle the SSL/TLS connections. We are
    kicking around the idea of off loading some of the overhead to a
    hardware crypto accelerator. Has anyone tried using one of the Sun
    boards to do hardware enabled encryption of SSL/TLS connections for
    IMAP/POP/SMTP and if so, was it worthwhile?


    Jim Noonan, May 19, 2004
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  2. Haven't tryioed it myself, but if the mail server users libssl.so
    (openssl) it should work. The accelerator should come with a custom
    version of openssl 0.9.7c.

    Let us know, what you do, if you do get it, I'm confidering the same
    setup and could use the feedback. In mase case with Sun TLA Mail server.
    (TLA == "Three Letter Acronim", whicever they are using these days. Java
    System something should be the current).

    Nikola Krgovic, May 19, 2004
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