July 06, 2017 19:02
Published: August 12, 2016 13:41
Long distance relationships are hard. Trying to link up to communicate is dependent on work schedules, time differences, and a whole host of other problems that can make the whole exercise about as enjoyable as a dental cleaning.
It’s pretty much the same in the business world.
For example, let’s say that you own a fashion business with offices in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, and Topeka. I don’t know why you’d have a fashion business in Kansas, but bear with me, I’m getting to the point!
Now, you need to communicate not only by phone, but also by email, and you’re constantly sending drawings and patterns and sketches (oh, my!) back and forth from one office to another, and you’re worried about the security of these electronic messages. You want to make sure they’re never stolen, something that’s becoming more common these days.
Well, thankfully, there’s a type of technology that can help. It’s called VPN, or Virtual Private Network. And what it does is pretty incredible.
It connects things. Let me illustrate. You have a computer network at your headquarters in L.A. You want to be able to link up with the network in Seattle. Back in the day, you’d have to lease a hard-line connection between the two offices, at great expense, in order to get that connection made. Not any more, bub.
You see, it takes that computer network that you use in your office in L.A., and makes it so that it connects to the same internal network in Seattle, New York, and the party capital of Kansas.
Even better, the information that travels from one office’s intranet to the other is fully encrypted, so there’s no way for anyone to read the data, even if they did manage to stumble upon it.
And that’s basically the greatest thing about this technology. It’s not only something that’s relatively inexpensive, but it’s also something that provides security to the users on every end of the connected networks. And that’s very good for business.
One of the other things that pretty cool about this is that you can actually have more than one of them running at any given time. Let’s say that you want to have a network with Seattle, but you want a different network with New York. That can be done.
And if you just want to have multiple networks to handle different tasks, that can be done as well.
Whether you’re trying to link up the various offices in your organization, or trying to improve remote access to your network for your telecommuting employees, VPNs provide a range of options to get any of these tasks accomplished in a fast, inexpensive manner.
VPN can also scale with your business as it grows. Reach out to your provider to discuss options for adding your own VPN network. If you don’t have a provider, you can reach us HERE.