VPN service introduced

By Tim Greene, Network World |  Networking

Managed-service provider Telenisus is introducing a VPN service designed to connect branch offices to corporate headquarters.

As part of its Managed Small Office VPN service, Telenisus installs Intrusion.com's PDS 2100 security appliances at customer sites, where they sit between an office's local network and its link to the Internet. The appliance runs a lightweight version of VPN-1/Firewall-1 software made by Check Point Software.

The PDS 2100 establishes a secure IP Security link across the Internet to a VPN-1/Firewall-1 server located at the corporate central site so remote users can securely tap into network resources at headquarters. Telenisus installs and manages the server as well. The server software runs on either a Nokia or Sun hardware platform.

It costs $400 per month to manage each branch office and $750 per month to manage central sites. Branch office hardware costs $1,800, and the server costs $12,000.

Managed Small Office VPN goes into beta tests this week and is generally available in December.

This is just the kind of service enterprises might use if they lack the money or personnel to research, install and manage their own VPNs.

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