VPN Access

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What is VPN? -VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and refers to a set of software and hardware that enable your computer to transparently connect to a remote network as if you were physically attached to that network. Communication between your computer and the remote VPN hardware is encrypted while using VPN.

Why Use VPN? -A VPN alone is just a way to bolster your security and access resources on a network in which you are not physically connected. What you opt to do with a VPN is a different story.

Software VPN –Software VPN will generally require more maintenance from the customer since they are responsible for ensuring the server is always available for connection. Acclimate will be required only to ensure the client is running and connecting. A contact for VPN issues will be required if the client is unable to connect.

The Software VPN option will be any form of VPN that allows Acclimate to install a client on our server to establish the required VPN connection. This can include providing Acclimate a client from an existing router, using built in Microsoft VPN, or a third party software to software VPN. Third party software will be provided by the customer to Acclimate, any cost associated with obtaining licensing for the systems interoperability software will be handled by the customer.

Hardware VPN –Hardware VPN will generally require less maintenance since typically they are setup once and stay online. The customer will still be expected to maintain and monitor their side of the connection and a contact for VPN support will still be required. Typically this connection would be used to allow access to multiple network locations inside the customer network.

A hardware VPN will involve a monthly cost from Acclimate and will be established with the customer’s router. Acclimate will monitor the hardware VPN connection for uptime, however the customer is responsible for ensuring the router is available on their side. Acclimate will attempt to connect any router with options given, however due of restrictions from the cloud provider this may not always be possible.

Commonly supported routers:

Statically-routed VPN connections
• Cisco ASA 5500 Series version 8.2 (or later) software
• Cisco ISR running Cisco IOS 12.4 (or later) software
• Juniper J-Series Service Router running JunOS 9.5 (or later) software
• Juniper SRX-Series Services Gateway running JunOS 9.5 (or later) software
• Juniper SSG running ScreenOS 6.1, or 6.2 (or later) software
• Juniper ISG running ScreenOS 6.1, or 6.2 (or later) software
• Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (or later) software
• Yamaha RTX1200 router

Dynamically-routed VPN connections (requires BGP)
• Astaro Security Gateway running version 8.3 (or later)
• Astaro Security Gateway Essential Firewall Edition running version 8.3 (or later)
• Cisco ISR running Cisco IOS 12.4 (or later) software
• Fortinet Fortigate 40+ Series running FortiOS 4.0 (or later) software
• Juniper J-Series Service Router running JunOS 9.5 (or later) software
• Juniper SRX-Series Services Gateway running JunOS 9.5 (or later) software
• Juniper SSG running ScreenOS 6.1, or 6.2 (or later) software
• Juniper ISG running ScreenOS 6.1, or 6.2 (or later) software
• Palo Alto Networks PA Series running PANOS 4.1.2 (or later) software
• Vyatta Network OS 6.5 (or later) software
• Yamaha RTX1200 router

2 Responses to VPN Access

  1. VPN for USA says:

    Really appreciable post about the VPN. It uses the Internet to carry the traffic between the user’s location and the central network. The data moving over the VPN connection is secure because it is encrypted in transit. The speed of data exchange depends on the Internet connection speed available at the user’s location.

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