Which VPN is right for your business? (QUIZ)

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I’ve been in marketing supporting the AT&T VPN portfolio of services for quite some time now. We have covered many topics relating to network convergence, which is the migration of legacy voice and data services to an IP-enabled platform using a virtual private network (VPN).

This migration is not new, but is ongoing.

Did you know there’s more than one type of VPN?

Most companies, large and small, use either a multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) VPN, IPsec VPN, or a combination of both.

The type of VPN that is right for your company depends on a variety factors:

  • The size of each site that needs to connect to your network
  • The amount of bandwidth needed at each site
  • Application and reliability requirements
  • The degree of direct connectivity needed to other corporate sites (and possibly extranets)
  • Budget for WAN connectivity at each site
  • Wi-Fi requirements at each site

Latency-sensitive applications like voice and data and others with larger bandwidth requirements generally work best on an MPLS VPN. But some applications—like email and light data transfer—might be sufficiently handled with IPsec.

There are many other nuances to consider.

That begs the question: With everything to consider, which VPN is right for you?

So I have developed a quiz that might be just what you need to help determine which VPN is right for your company. Answers to just eight questions should point you in the right direction to begin planning or modifying your VPN solution.

After you take the quiz, you can download IDC Market Pulse survey that can help you understand how your peers are working with changes in technology.


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Lon Hickman VPN Portfolio Marketing Manager AT&T About Lon