Secure Sockets Layer

In 1994, Netscape Communications proposed SSL V.1 and shipped the first products with SSL V.2. SSL V3 was introduced to address some of the limitations of SSL V2 in the area of cryptographic security limitations and functionality. Transport Layer Security (TLS) was created to allow an open standard to prevent any one company from controlling this important technology. However, it turns out that even though Netscape was granted a patent for SSL, SSL is now the defacto standard for secured Web transactions.

This section provides a brief overview of the SSL protocol, and it then describes strategies for deploying SSL processing in the design of data center network architectures.

SSL Protocol Overview

The basic operation of SSL ...

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