VPNs have been around for a long time. They have been the de facto way of connecting a small number of offices and sites together until a company is ready for a bigger network strategy.
Part of the reason for their popularity is the low direct cost. Lots of site to site VPNs are essentially free, or at least have little or no licence costs. There aren’t many business grade firewalls that don’t have native VPN capability now.
But herein lies the problem. Firewall manufacturers are security providers. Bundling VPN technology into a firewall is a tick-box exercise for them. They aren’t VPN specialists, they just have a list of technologies they need on their compatible features.
Because of that, the VPNs are complex to set up, are flaky and unreliable.
We’ve all been there.
“I can’t open the shared folders any more”
“The MD can’t access the company drives from home”
“the phones have stopped working again”
“why is this file transfer so slow?”
VPNs have become something IT managers have to do, and they do so reluctantly. They don’t like their VPN, but they can’t afford what is a huge step up to a fully managed WAN.
Importantly, what looks from the outset to be free, turns out to be costly in many other ways.
What this well-worn scenario hides is the fact tunnelling technology has taken several generational leaps forward in recent years. The ability to encapsulate data and send it somewhere else, securely and yes, easily, is at the heart of the successor product to VPN – SD-WAN.
For more than ten years, we have been providing internet connections that rely on that encrypted tunnelling technology – they are the very network fabric that enables everything that we do.
And it just works.
We realised some time ago that, because we are already tunnelling data between sites for internet use, we can with no extra complexity, tunnel that traffic between sites as wells. And with no limit.
All the same benefits of our Multipath Ethernet connectivity – zero-touch QoS, bandwidth aggregation, link redundancy – but with your biggest hassle removed: your troublesome VPN.
Our SD-WAN as a Service is a direct VPN replacement service – and for anyone who already has an EVX, it’s a simple matter of routing.
After all, VPNs are just software – and software defined connectivity is what we do best. If you’re sick of your VPN, speak to us and we’ll talk you through the benefits an SD-WAN can deliver.