Network-dependent companies are excited by the benefits promised by the virtual private network, including lower costs, greater flexibility, and improvements in connectivity. But they also have questions: What benefits are real? How can they be measured? What are the expenses and the dangers?
Virtual Private Networks: Making the Right Connection is an intelligent introduction written especially for business and IT professionals who want a realistic assessment of what a VPN can provide for their organizations. Covering advantages and risks, this book expands your understanding of what you can do with a VPN, while detailing all that implementing it will demand of you. With its help, you'll find your way through VPN hype to the answers you need to make sound decisions.
- Thoroughly explains VPN concepts and technologies, and examines the potential of VPNs as intranets, extranets, and remote access solutions.
- Covers essential VPN topics like tunneling, encapsulation, encryption, security, and protocols.
- Provides detailed points of comparison between typical VPN costs and the costs of maintaining traditional WANs.
- Offers frank consideration of the hidden costs and risks sometimes associated with VPNs, helping you decide if a VPN is right for you.
- Lists and assesses the software and hardware products you may need to implement a VPN.
- Discusses both Internet-based VPNs and VPN services offered by providers of "private" ATM and frame relay networks, detailing the pros and cons of each.
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- © Morgan Kaufmann 1999
- 7th May 1999
- Morgan Kaufmann
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@qu:"Dennis Fowler provides an insightful view to both the business benefits and technical requirements to VPNs. His examples of other customers' experiences with VPNs breathe life into the discussion." @source:From the Foreword by Susan Scheer Aoko, Cisco systems, Inc.
Dennis Fowler is a columnist for ACM netWorker Magazine, a founding member of both the Association of Online Professionals and the Internet Press Guild, and a former contributing editor with Computer Shopper magazine. He is particularly interested in the practical application of online technologies-and the Internet in particular-to create new opportunities for commerce and enhance global communication.