Introduction

The implementation of a Virtual Private Network impacts both the end user and the overall IT infrastructure of your business.  After all, it is a new tool that your employees will be using in order to gain secured access to the shared resources that you provide to them in order for them to accomplish normal job functions.  With regards to the latter, a new implementation like a VPN can also impact the other key areas of technology that you have as well.

In this blog, we focus upon impacts to the human element – namely your employees.

The Impacts

As the owner of your business, following end user requirements needs to be taken into consideration before the Virtual Private Network System is deployed:

  1. The total number of remote office locations that will be using a VPN system;
  2. Where the existing corporate networks, such as the Local Area Networks and the Wide Area Networks cross and intersect with one another;
  3. How many end users will need to be supported by the Virtual Private Network System, and this includes regular employees, business partners, and contracted employees;
  4. The type and kind of end users that the Virtual Private Network must support, such as the following:
  5. Software developers;
  • Sales force employees;
  • Facilities personnel;
  • Office personnel;
  • Customers;
  • Contractors;
  • Business Partners;
  • Suppliers/Vendors

As the business owner, it is equally important to consider is the type and kind of access to the applications all of your end users will be needing, such as:

  1. Access to particular network directories;
  2. Access to all types and kinds of corporate and remote servers;
  3. Access to all types and kinds of network resources;
  4. Mainframe access;
  5. Database access to the software;
  6. Web based and HTTP support;
  7. E-Mail server support;
  8. Client Server Applications;
  9. Mainframe Terminal Emulation.

Conclusions

Our next blog will conclude the series on Virtual Private Networks.  In it, we will focus upon the impacts of a VPN on your IT Infrastructure, which includes the following:

  • Impacts to The Web Server;
  • Impacts to the Application Server;
  • Impacts to the Database Server;
  • Impacts to the Firewall.