Are Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) the right option to connect your teams?

When it comes to connecting your teams together, the power and value the internet has brought to organisations cannot be understated. The internet can provide this power as a result of a deep and complex system, yet despite this complexity, we always expect it to be working at high speeds.

Being able to endlessly browse new webpages and stream videos on your phone has perhaps given the impression the internet is always fast. However, when we use large amounts of data for work or to connect between offices, we often find maintaining quality internet connections become a problem. Only when the NBN is fully rolled out will Australia’s internet speed be an adequate solution to connect organisations multiple offices or employees working from home.

An option businesses often choose to connect multiple offices is a VPN – setting up an encrypted tunnel using a VPN capable router at each end. However, the performance of a VPN is unmanageable, as data is sent via the public internet, often resulting in a slow connection. That is also the reason why Service Level Agreements (SLA) and QoS (Quality of Service) guarantees can’t be offered – no service provider has control over the public internet.

Given that set-up, it is clear internet based VPNs are limited and a better solution is required to ensure a quality connection to connect your organisation, so what options do you have?

Luckily, a solution that ensures your service and quality is available. A MPLS (MultiProtocol Layer Switching) based site to site link is a private link, allowing businesses to have an affordable private link to share data. What’s more, is that as your Service Providers will be responsible for your link, they can implement a QoS policy and SLA for your data that is met, as they can monitor the private link.

If your organisation has offices that are connected or employees working from home, it may be time to consider a MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) link. While Telstra will require you to have very deep pockets, there are smaller providers who can serve you at affordable price points using the technology that matches your business.

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