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Networking Unplugged

Perspectives on cloud networking and software-defined WANs

Posted June 16, 2014
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Are Your Road Warriors Hitting Third-Party Firewall Roadblocks?

Many of us have become dependent on connectivity to do our jobs effectively. For sales and support teams, consultants, accountants, lawyers and other road warriors, always-on, always-available access to company resources is essential. They are often at customer sites, hotels or conferences where they’re giving live product demos, fixing equipment, performing audits, reviewing cases and performing other activities that require access to their organization’s network, files and applications. VPNs have historically been used to connect back to the main office, but security considerations are making it increasingly difficult to connect to through third-party firewalls.

The Problem With Traditional VPNs

The traditional, hardware-based VPN has been around for several decades with little change. During the same time, connectivity and security infrastructures that VPNs operate over, including private WIFI, public hotspots, mobile broadband and next generation firewalls, have evolved significantly. When a single organization is deploying a remote network access solution, all of these technologies can be orchestrated to work together just fine. However, when a third-party is trying to control who and what can connect from inside and outside their facilities, traditional VPNs are often blocked. Similarly, many hotels and other provides of wireless and hotspot access often force VPN users to purchase “premium” plans by blocking VPN connections on their free ones. 

For IT-savvy pros, you may recognize this problem as VPN Error 806. “A connection between your computer and the VPN server has been established but the VPN connection cannot be completed.” It can happen to anyone from the CEO trying to sneak in some work on vacation to the VP of sales trying to close a big deal across the country. What can you do?

A Modern Approach to VPN—Cloud Networking

A lot of your road warriors are probably not highly technical, so you need a simple solution that just works without them even thinking about it. What you really need is an approach to VPN that’s built for today’s mobility and security infrastructures—cloud networking. Pertino’s cloud networking solution allows anyone who needs remote network access to connect their laptops and mobile devices over a 256-bit AES encrypted network that acts as a virtual LAN in the cloud. Since Pertino leverages many of the same technologies used by popular web and cloud-based apps, connections seamlessly traverse third-party firewalls and public wifi/hotspot authentication systems. It’s like your road warriors never even left the office. 

Pertino Cloud networking is a no brainer for stressed out IT pros and remote workers because our modern, cloud-based approach to VPN takes all the work—and stress—out of networking.

Scott Logistics CIO Doug Bush agrees that his support load has been significantly lighter since switching to Pertino—“Our sales and logistics agents work from all over and need reliable access to our systems. When third-party firewalls blocked our legacy VPN, troubleshooting could take hours. Now I add them to our Pertino cloud network, and they connect just like they’re in the office. And, no more hour long calls.”

With Pertino cloud networking, it’s never been easier or more affordable to deploy a VPN. Go ahead, give it a try for free.

Larry Stein

Larry Stein

Director, Marketing

This is Larry’s fifth startup over the past 15 years, during which he navigated two IPOs and two acquisitions. Before Pertino, Larry served tours of service with Ameritech and data communications training.

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