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Virtual private networks: leveraging the Internet

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Ortiz, S. ; Currid & Co., USA

Proponents say virtual private networks could be the wave of the networking future for one very important reason: VPNs transmit data via the Internet, rather than via expensive traditional private networks. Proponents are quick to mention the significant cost savings organizations can realize by using networks that employ the Internet backbone as a data pipeline rather than networks that rely on leased lines, frame-relay technology, and dialup connections for private WANs. However, as with many Internet technologies, potential VPN users are concerned about possible security, reliability, and performance problems. ln addition, a lack of open standards has created concerns about compatibility. The industry is working toward adoption of such standards, but it remains to be seen whether this will lend credibility to VPN technology

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Computer  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 11 )

Date of Publication:

Nov 1997

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