Traditional virtual private networks don't deliver for business

Claranet tackles geographical availability, access options and quality of service limits of VPNs

Claranet's Group Product Manager, Martin Saunders will tell delegates at IP '06 that most virtual private networks are inadequate for contemporary business practice.

He will demonstrate how the virtual private network (VPN) services most commonly offered by ISPs fail businesses. This is due to a combination
of three main issues.

These are:

1) The limitations of service providers' network footprints
2) Problems attaining quality of service from applications over VPNs
3) Restrictions on types of Internet connection that enable access to the VPN

Businesses are generally offered a one size fits all solution to their request for a virtual private network solution. The VPNs take the form of either the overlay or the network model. Martin Saunders, Product Manager, Claranet's Group

Any advantages of network VPNs are limited by the reach of the service providers' network. Although the overlay model offers solutions to the problems
of the network model, overlay VPNs are notoriously expensive and inefficient to scale, and application quality of service is almost impossible to implement.

In response to customer feedback and in line with Claranet's commitment to provide flexible Internet infrastructure that performs to customers' requirements, the company's technicians have developed a hybrid, next generation VPN model - VPN:NG.

Mr Saunders says:

VPN:NG mixes the benefits of the network model with those of the overlay VPN. It's carrier neutral and as a hybrid, it offers a multitude of access options, including DSL, leased lines and Wifi. It also enables a variety of applications to run over the VPN at the same time including voice, electronic point of sale, peer-to-peer and Citrix or a terminal server type application. VPN:NG is available across Claranet's wide and unified network operating in six European countries and the US, and is backed up by an industry leading service level agreement.

Martin Saunders will be speaking in the Managed Services Theatre of IP '06 at Earl's Court 2 on Wednesday 18th October, 2006 at 14:00. Claranet is
exhibiting at stand 409.

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About Claranet

Claranet was established in 1996 as a dial-up Internet access provider in the UK. The company's sustained profitability has resulted in continuous reinvestment, transforming Claranet into a multi-national managed service provider.

Today Claranet provides flexible and tailored network infrastructure that performs to the requirements of its 300,000 customers across six European countries
and the US.

Claranet customers have confidence in their connectivity.

They are served by experienced, innovative and dependable technicians.