Storm Internet's Virtual Private Networks (VPN) extend internal networks to any location in the world, granting staff, remote branches, or even clients secure access to assigned internal resources through any active internet connection. VPN connections can be established using default operating system applications, or custom company applications. Every connection can be configured to allow access only to those services needed by the staff or clients to perform required tasks.
Benefits of a VPN
VPNs create a tunnel through the internet to internal networks which can't be accessed by normal internet users. Added encryption ensures that transmitted data remains unreadable to anyone except the remote user, and the applications or services accessed on the internal network.
A VPN from Storm Internet can also be combined with a hardware firewall in order to have incoming traffic filtered by a firewall as opposed to the server. This ensures that traffic sent to your server has already been authenticated before it even reaches it.
Unlike similar solutions like wide area networks (WAN), Storm Internet's VPNs do not require any additional expenses and instead utilise the internet connection used by the branch, employee, or client, to access the required resources. This eliminates the need for leased lines and can provide dramatic cost savings.
The provision of a VPN service remains largely unaffected by business growth. The equipment used to cater for the initial setup can handle a large number of connections by default without affecting the speed or performance of individual connections. Improving the service offered to VPN clients can be as straightforward as increasing the organisation's connection to the internet.
Every individual who connects to the internal network via VPN is assigned a profile. These profiles can be configured to restrict access to only the most essential data and services, either 24 hours a day, during working hours, or only for a limited time.
Where VPNs Are Used
- Educational institutions use VPNs to connect geographically distanced campuses to internal college / university networks. This ensures that budgets are preserved, and can grant lecturers and students quick access to internal systems, programs, and data vital to their day-to-day administrative or academic activity.
- Sales representatives & remote workers often rely on VPNs to access internal company CRM systems from their laptops, iPads, or mobile phones. On-demand client/prospect information can enhance successful close potential, and can be amended to include new orders or customer requests on the spot.
- Travelling workers / journalists rely on VPN connections to connect to internal company or publishing house networks to submit reports, research data and interviews. In addition to seamless integration with existing internal applications, thus eliminating workflow interruption, this connection also provides the opportunity for safe and secure data storage to prevent loss should their equipment be damaged, lost, or stolen.