Obviously you have heard the term "VPN", but what does it really mean?

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Obviously you have heard the term "VPN", but what does it really mean?

Traditionally VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) operate over the Internet, creating a virtual "tunnel" between two or more connected sites.

For example, when you want to connect to MS Outlook at the office from home, you create a VPN connection to the office network. This connection means your PC/laptop acts as if it is part of the office network.
While this is acceptable for light usage, it can become a problem when you want to send/receive a lot of data.
VPNs can be rather cumbersome, because for each packet that you send/receive, a little bit of overhead is added because of the encryption used between the two sites.

The other downside to this is that there are download costs at both ends - which can amount to a fair bit over time.

However, with the recent advances in DSL technology we can now remove the "V" from VPN, and create a fully private network that never touches the Internet.
Companies such as NEXTEP and RequestDSL are able to provide point-to-point connections (PPCs), which means that instead of "pretending" to be part of the remote network, you actually ARE part of the network.

An example of this would be the recent connection we installed for Young & Rubicam.
They now have a PPC going between their office, and their server at the Connect data centre. Because the traffic is "off-net", there are no security issues, and no download costs. They can now transfer gigabytes of data every month without it costing anything.

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