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IPSec VPNs: Extending Your Network with Virtual Tunnels
Thanks to virtual private networks, an increasing number of companies enjoy a high level of voice, data and video connectivity. But with increased connectivity also comes the challenge of safeguarding your VPN—as well as managing the technologies and devices that connect to it.
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Create a highly secure pathway for remote and site-to-site connections. Choose the options that are right for you:
- Point-to-point tunneling
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There are two main types of VPNs: (1) MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), a solution that operates over a single carrier’s network, and (2) IPSec (Internet Protocol Security), which uses virtual tunnels to send encrypted data between sites over the public Internet,. While an IPSec VPN can function as an efficient, stand-alone solution for certain customers, it is often deployed as part of a robust, high-performance MPLS VPN.
Leverage IPSec in a hybrid VPN
When properly configured, both IPSec and MPLS VPNs provide appropriate levels of network privacy and security for enterprise business use, but they are often best suited for different scenarios:
- IPSec is helpful for connecting remote workers, small offices, home offices or satellite offices
- MPLS specializes in providing high-performance, site-to-site communication between large buildings like corporate offices and data centers.
Many organizations may opt for a hybrid IPSec / MPLS solution. By connecting satellite locations to a centralized MPLS VPN via virtual tunnels, companies can benefit from the flexibility and reach of broadband as well as the quality of service offered by a managed MPLS solution.
Add security to your mobile environment
Remote connectivity has plenty of advantages, but it can also cause quite a few headaches. As our reliance on mobile devices for business continues to grow, integrating them into your network requires attention to new kinds of security risks. IPSec allows off-site employees to privately transmit data to their other sites on a VPN in an encrypted format.
Connect with confidence
An IPSec VPN can provide increased protection for your data. By utilizing end-to-end encryption, it creates simple, private connections between remote users and your network hub. So no matter where data travels between point A and point B, it should be private.
Before integrating IPSec into your VPN solution, there are a few things to consider:
Do you have a combination of remote and centralized locations?
Your VPN’s setup depends on the size and scope of your organization. IPSec VPNs are helpful for companies with locations distributed across large areas, such as restaurants or retail chains. If you need to link multiple large offices or deploy VoIP (Voice over IP) or video collaboration, you might prefer an MPLS VPN.
Deploying a hybrid VPN enables you to maintain private connections to satellite and centralized locations. And as your company grows, it should be easy to add applications to your MPLS VPN with minimal changes to your IT infrastructure. To learn more about VPN options, contact your AT&T representative today.
Do you need employees to have mobile access to your VPN?
The strength of IPSec lies in its ability to support private transmissions using remote connectivity. And as the demand to do business anytime, anywhere increases, that can be a significant advantage. By integrating IPsec into your VPN, you can keep data private when your traveling employees and Small Office / Home Office (SOHO) routers connect to your main MPLS VPN.
IPSec VPN Service Delivery
Once you’re ready to deploy your IPSec VPN, we’re here to help get you up and running. We can provide:
Tele-install: our operations center can help you configure products like desktop clients or SOHO routers with your IPSec VPN—quickly, and efficiently.
On-site installation: since comprehensive installations often require on-site setup, our service technicians can come to you.
We know how much you depend on your network. Our dedicated technical support team is available 24/7 to help your business stay online—and on track.
To learn more about harnessing the benefits of IPSec VPNs, contact your AT&T representative today.