NAT usage at large companies (was: Re: [e2e] Number of persistent connections per HTTP server?)

Vadim Antonov avg at
Wed Oct 16 20:20:54 PDT 2002

The company I work for now (business software) does that.  And so do quite
a few of our clients. The reason is quite simple - MIS departments want to
have a single security barrier, not a bunch of firewalls spread around in
hard to reach locations (like, 14 hours flying...)

NAT is incidental to firewall functions.


On Wed, 16 Oct 2002, John Heidemann wrote:

> On Wed, 16 Oct 2002 11:12:56 PDT, John Heidemann wrote: 
> >I would have assumed that organizations large enough to have large
> >multiple, geographically distributed locations (i.e., more than just a
> >few people dialing in) would use application-level gateways for most
> >of their traffic (especially for web traffic). ...
> One example I should have thought of is travelers with Internet access
> at hotels, or casual users at kiosks, Kinkos, Starbucks, etc.
> But what about mainstream businesses (places other than those whose
> job it is to serve up casual internet to their customers).
>    -John Heidemann

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