Remote Office Solutions

VPN

Virtual Private Network

Defined simply, a VPN is a secure, private encapsulated network service that runs over a public network. A VPN is a way of creating secure network services without having to rely on third-party providers who charge monthly usage or bandwidth fees. With VPNs, there is an initial setup and implementation cost, but unlike leased lines and frame-relay, there are no monthly service provider charges.

VPN implementations typically fall into two categories: Intranet & Extranet

Intranet VPNs connect multiple sites within an enterprise, and are important for safeguarding interoffice communications, i.e. connecting an East Coast office with a West Coast office over publicly available internet POPs.

Extranet VPNs connect one enterprise to multiple enterprises.