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What is a VPN?

A virtual private network (VPN) creates a secure private network across the Internet and enables your employees to safely send and receive data as if their computers or phones were part of your organization’s private network. For example, your employees should use a VPN to protect their email or web browsing while outside the office, such as working remotely from home or traveling for business.

A VPN helps safeguard your employees’ transmitted information by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of encryption, dedicated connections and virtual tunneling protocols. Any applications or resources that your employees access remotely via a VPN have the same functionality, management and security as those inside your private network.

Two Basic Types of VPNs

Managed site-to-site VPN: A service provider securely connects your company’s main office and branch locations using a VPN via the service provider’s network or the Internet.

Managed remote-access VPN: A service provider securely connects remote workers and mobile workers to their corporate network using a VPN via the service provider’s network or the Internet.

Both site-to-site and remote-access VPNs achieve the same overarching goal: They safeguard your company’s business data.

Why We Need VPNs

It is extremely difficult for a nation-state, cybercriminal, or other bad actor to breach a properly managed VPN and steal valuable information such as passwords, credit card numbers and proprietary business data. As businesses, governments and others become more sensitive about data breaches and the other dangers posed by unsecure networks, they are investing more in VPNs. Globally, the VPN market is forecast to reach $70 billion in 2019, up from $45 billion in 2014, according to Statista’s market research.

Why Use a VPN?

Secure Network Connections

A VPN helps your employees securely connect to a remote network via the internet and access files, apps and other resources on your private network.

Protected Company Resources

A VPN enables your company to safely share servers and other networked resources, like public or private clouds, with all of your offices and off-site employees.

Safe Public Wi-Fi Access

A VPN reduces the risk of your employees having their passwords and other business information compromised when they use a public network such as a Wi-Fi hotspot in an airport or hotel.

Unlimited Internet Availability

A VPN enables your employees, when traveling internationally, to access websites that are censored or geo-blocked in certain countries.

How Can Rackspace Help?

We’ve helped thousands of companies like yours protect their private networks with RackConnect solution®, which creates a site-to-site or remote-access encrypted tunnel between your IT infrastructure or data centers and a Rackspace cloud. Our fully managed VPN connection enables you to extend your IT infrastructure to a Rackspace public or private cloud and “burst” extra compute requirements into it for better performance.

One VPN device we’re particularly fond of is the Brocade® Vyatta® vRouter, which provides VPN gateway functionality, plus a powerful and easy-to-use network-based firewall. We can configure and fully manage your Brocade Vyatta vRouter according to your unique security and networking requirements.

Protecting your network and preventing data breaches is a chief concern for every company today. That’s why we provide site-to-site or remote-access VPNs for every one of our clouds, enabling you to run your business without having to worry about whether the network between your business and your cloud is locked down.

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