VPN is used to connect two or more locations, physical or conceptual allowing them to operate as one network. By virtue of their "secret tunnel" you know the other side is secure and trusted. So enterprise and ERP network "traffic" (corporate data)passes as it does on your local network, without scrutiny, because you have created the VPN and traffic is authenticated.
Lets take VPN to another level and talk about which traffic you may allow and why. Standardizing user access and information to share and pass between locations is a mission critical task. In the SYSPRO world, as in other applications, you need to join "web services" to the other networks so the devices can "see" each other.
Here are a few reasons for a VPN:
- Remote users - either corporate, home-based or contract.
- Users in other company locations performing standard transactions and document sharing
- Portals for customers and vendors to assess data on your network safely.
- Confidential corporate information only available to a select few.
- Warehouse management, barcode scanners and label printers.
- Backup and restore of off-site data and computers.
With so many reasons not listed, these few can indicate to you the need for a VPN at your company. With all of the unauthorized access, a VPN tunnel is your "secret tunnel" to pass corporate data. Such data for example as accounting and material controls, or operations management. All of your data is much more secure because of the VPN's inherent cloaking characteristics. It is not easy to "break into" a VPN, unlike standard Internet connections such as T1 or DSL.
For more information or to ask for help, consider using Santa Clarita Consultants EnterpriseWise™ and SYSPRO Support Services.
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