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From the perspective of a simple end user occasionally using ssh for fun and profit, why pay for Tectia Client when PuTTY and OpenSSH are pretty much the SSH standard implementations on end-user platforms and Tectia Server doesn't exactly have the lion's share of the market? Is it not only justified if access to Tectia Server is in the picture and its proprietary extensions would be worth the expense? It is difficult to extract the answer to this question from the marketing literature.

asked Jun 20 '11 at 22:35

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I came across http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_SSH_clients after I asked this question. It seems to need a little attention from Tectia (the server comparison, too, I expect).

(Jun 20 '11 at 23:43) dlcusa dlcusa's gravatar image


You are correct, our current website doesn't really provide the technical details per product to make this kind of comparison. This is something we should really improve in our website. In the meantime, I hope this site can fill-in at least some of the voids.

Tectia Client does have some features that make it stand out from other clients, such as:

  • PKI Support
  • FIPS Support
  • Connection caching (also referred to as session multiplexing)
  • Connection and session management via Tectia Broker
  • Nested tunnels and connections
  • Client-less SSH tunneling (using Tectia Broker)
  • Transparent TCP tunneling (ability to transparently tunnel any tcp-based application through an SSH tunnel)
  • Streaming for improved file transfer speed when connecting to Tectia Servers
  • Public-key uploading tools
  • Public key wizard
  • Escape sequence for uploading a public key to the server you are already connected to ←my personal favorite
  • etc...

Few of these (in fact only the streaming from the above list) are proprietary features that work only against Tectia Server. Most of these work against any SSH server.

Despite of the above, I believe most of our customers choose Tectia Client in order to be able to manage SSH configuration across large environments (using another product of ours Tectia Manager to manage all those configurations).

The wide set of platform support (Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX & z/OS) is also an often cited reason as is our support for PKI and FIPS.

I hope this is of some help. We have been meaning to write more information on this site regarding the above features. Time-allowing we will get to this soon.


answered Jun 21 '11 at 23:00

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