If your business organization is seeking a way to create multiple satellite communication offices/server centers at minimal costs, then VPN (Virtual Private Network) solutions are an excellent choice for many businesses. VPN is a less pricier option for multiple point to point T1 Internet communications and comes with many cost saving advantages.
This network service is offered through third party providers and because of that segregation, those that lease VPN do not have to upkeep the network as with a leased T1 line. The providers of the network are able to handle most of the technical issues in respect to scalability and therefore as growth within the organization grows and the demands for additional private lines grow, the end user saves on cost of installing additional private lines which increase as the locations increase. For example, just 6 satellite offices requiring private point-to-point access would require 15x T1 lines.
Wi-Fi security is another advantage when deployed within a local area. Secure Wi-Fi connections are usually obtained within the place of business in multiple in-building offices.
While a virtual private network is advantageous to a growing organization there are some important aspects that affect the quality of this service. For one, VPN runs off of the Internet which is a public network. It takes professional knowledge of security and professional installation to keep the network secure. This can equate to man hours for the organization or outsourced networking costs. Secondly, the reliability of the network is controlled not by the organization but by the Internet provider itself.
Another issue is the compatibility of devices with VPN. Providers and devices have not always worked synchronously so if QoS becomes an issue with your private network, you may find yourself limited with provider selection when switching or having to reequip with new hardware.
It is because of some of these disadvantages that due diligence in provider research and close contract negotiation is necessary to ensure quality of service with the provider of your choosing. The same should go for any outsourced networking contracts used to deploy your VPN solution.
When shopping for VPN, much of the burden of finding the right business Internet solutions can be alleviated from your organization's personnel through the use of a reputable broker. A broker is capable of cost comparing solutions as well as designing new or better communication systems plans for leasing at no cost to the organization and at a savings. Brokers have better negotiating powers due to their purchase power, whereas an organization may be oversold by a salesman directly from a provider.