utilizes public telecommunications networks to conduct private data communications. Most VPN implementations use the Internet as the public infrastructure and a variety of specialized protocols to support private communications through the Internet.
The Virtual Private Network - VPN
- has attracted the attention of many organizations looking to both expand their networking capabilities and reduce their costs.
The VPN can be found in workplaces and homes, where they allow employees to safely log into company networks. Telecommuters and those who travel often find a VPN a more convenient way to stay "plugged in" to the corporate intranet.
supplies network connectivity over a possibly long physical distance. In this respect, a VPN
is a form of Wide Area Network (WAN) .
The key feature of a VPN, however, is its ability to use public networks like the Internet rather than rely on private leased lines. VPN technologies implement restricted-access networks that utilize the same cabling and routers as a public network, and they do so without sacrificing features or basic security.
A VPN supports at least four different modes of use:
- Remote access client connections
- LAN-to-LAN internetworking
- Controlled access within an intranet
- To join networks between two organizations, forming an extranet.
The main benefit of a VPN is the lower cost needed to support this technology compared to alternatives like traditional leased lines or remote access servers.
VPN users typically interact with simple graphical client programs.
These applications support creating tunnels, setting configuration parameters, and connecting to and disconnecting from the VPN server. VPN solutions utilize several different network protocols including PPTP, L2TP, IPsec, and SOCKS.
VPN servers can also connect directly to other VPN servers. A VPN server-to-server connection extends the intranet or extranet to span multiple networks.
Criterion ICT Solutions can help your organisation put this technology to use, helping your company the ability to communicate better and safer.
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