The substantial cost savings and increased functionality of virtual private network (VPN) services are leading a distinct market towards value-added IP-based solutions.
This rapid expansion is being fuelled by developments in key technologies such as IP security and Internet backbone speeds, and by the requirement for low-cost secure network services in the business community.
The most publicised inhibitors for VPN adoption – the lack of service guarantees and security – will be overcome by innovations around IP and ongoing service roll-outs. Most importantly, perceptions of IP solutions among end-users are beginning to change.
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