A VPN supplies network connectivity over a possibly long physical distance. In this respect, a VPN is a form of Wide Area Network Connection. VPNs enable file sharing, video conferencing and similar network services. Virtual private networks generally don’t provide any new functionality that isn’t already offered through alternative mechanisms, but a VPN implements those services more efficiently and inexpensively in most cases.
A key feature of a VPN is its ability to work over both private networks as well as public networks like the Internet. Using a method called tunneling, a VPN use the same hardware infrastructure as existing Internet or Intranet. Harmonix utilizes VPN technologies which always include various security mechanisms to protect the virtual, private connections.
Specifically, a VPN supports at least several different modes of use:
- Internet remote access client connections
- IP Surveillance
- LAN-to-LAN internetworking
- Controlled access within an intranet
In recent years, many organizations have increased the mobility of their workers by allowing more employees to telecommute. Employees also continue to travel and face a growing need to stay connected to their company networks. In these cases, Harmonix has utilized VPN solutions to support remote, protected access to the corporate home offices over the Internet. An Internet VPN solution uses a client/server design. Harmonix has used VPN solutions for Small Office locations, Home Offices, Remote Call Center Agents and for Network Management Purposes.