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Remote Access Appliances for SMBs

Posted Feb 12 2013 11:03am

Virtual private networking (VPN) and remote support appliance offer a safe way for employees in remote locations to connect to their company’s network and access necessary resources. There are lots of remote access appliance options available with varying requirements and specifications. Some require installation of software in both systems, others require it only in one system (which is usually the host’s), while still others do not require any software at all. There are some programs that come preinstalled with an operating system too.

Remote Desktop client appliances allow secure access for employees, strategic partners, and even clients at any time and place. Meanwhile, they also reduce the overhead IT costs and increase employee productivity. This relatively new technology has allowed companies to experience a flexibility and freedom that has not been there for a long time.

Available remote access options for SMBs

For small to medium businesses (SMBs), there is a lot of flexibility in remote access appliance options. Given below are some of the more popular ones:

·          PPTP- It stands for Point to Point Tunneling Protocol, and it does not require extra software because Windows already ships with a PPTP client.

·          L2TP- Along with IPSec encryption, the Layer 2 Tunneling protocol can be found with Windows Server editions. This client is available with Windows 2000 Professional edition and later operating systems.

·          Third party applications- There are a number of applications with IPSec encryption or integrated firewall security setups.

·          Remote access application-based solutions- These software programs are available from several different vendors. It is a very cost-effective solution, especially for SMBs.

The benefits of remote access applications for SMBs

Remote support software applications offer a secure way for data transfer and sharing. The management and deployment of such system are not very complicated, especially for SMBs. This is because small and medium sized businesses do not have too many IT personnel or staff, and they lack specialized technicians. Most business networks offer secure HTTP access, so remote access appliances can work well in situations where other forms of remote access protocols do not. With the help of a remote access appliance, the security protocol used in web browsers can be enabled for a wide range of remote access options across several devices, both managed and unmanaged. These include PDAs, mobile devices, desktops, and laptops.

Remote access programs like the RHUB remote support appliance are more commonly used by enterprise-level companies. They are getting increasingly popular and a feasible choice for small to midsized businesses as well because they offer a cost-effective and easy to deploy access solution with easy migration.

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