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Data Center Fundamentals by Maurizio Portolani, Mauricio Arregoces - CCIE No. 3285

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Chapter 9. SSL and TLS

This chapter covers the following topics:

• Overview of the use of SSL for web-based applications

• SSL operations, with focus on the SSL negotiation phase

• The importance of SSL session resumption to alleviate the performance impact of SSL on the servers

• SSL performance consideration in server farm environments with load balancing

• Public key infrastructure (PKI) aspects of SSL

• The SSL ciphers

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a fundamental protocol in today’s Data Centers. SSL is used in Internet Data Centers mainly for e-commerce and financial applications. It is used in intranet Data Centers to protect confidential information from being transported unencrypted over the enterprise network.

Besides the traditional ...

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