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Remote access for the iPad generation: Managed vs. cloud VPN services
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of March 2014 Vol.5 / No.2
Whether they're trying to download project files at a client's office or access business applications while stuck at the airport, more and more employees need to make use of enterprise resources from wherever they happen to be working and on whatever device they are using -- be it a laptop, tablet or smartphone. The days of users being satisfied with just webmail access while on the go are long gone. John Burke Mobile platforms have steadily matured to provide the enhanced capabilities and flexibility that enable employees to work on a range of devices, prompting enterprises to develop or license mobile applications that take advantage of this power. As a result, employees are often trying to access corporate resources using public Wi-Fi hotspots or other networks that aren't inside the company's trusted zones. For this evolving, distributed and virtual workforce, virtual private networks (VPNs) continue to be important features of the enterprise security landscape. A stable, easy-to-use VPN is a critical tool in the ongoing ...
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Mobile device capabilities have advanced rapidly, along with user expectations for remote access. Managed or cloud VPN services can help you keep up.
Most networking pros won't need to become programmers to survive. SDN will expand the network engineer's job description, not invalidate it.
OpenStack's networking service, Neutron, integrates provisioning and management of network resources into the orchestration of IT infrastructure.
This infographic outlines some of the key differences between IPsec and SSL VPNs.
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Network admins can handle random surges in VPN use, but the constant demands of a mobile workforce are a challenge. Managed VPN services can help.
It was once unthinkable, but virtual data centers that can be migrated between cloud providers may soon be real, thanks to SDN and other advances.