The BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager® network access feature provides secure access to corporate applications and data using a standard web browser, or the BIG-IP Edge Client®. Using network access, employees, partners, and customers can have access to corporate resources securely, from any location.
The network access feature provides users with the functionality of a traditional IPsec VPN client. Unlike IPsec, however, network access does not require any pre-installed software or configuration on the remote user's computer. It is also more robust than IPsec VPN against router and firewall incompatibilities.
Network access provides connections with the following features.
Network access implements a point-to-point network connection over SSL, which provides a secure solution that works well with firewalls and proxy servers.
Network access settings specify IP address pools, which the Access Policy Manager® then uses to assign IP addresses to a client computer's virtual network adapter. When an end user opens the address of the Access Policy Manager in a web browser, the browser starts an SSL connection to the Access Policy Manager. The user can then log in to the Access Policy Manager.
A network access configuration requires:
Network access elements are summarized in the following diagram.