Hardware Virtual Private Network (Hardware VPN)
Definition - What does Hardware Virtual Private Network (Hardware VPN) mean?
Hardware virtual private networks (hardware VPNs) exist on single, standalone devices that contain dedicated processors, managing authentication, encryption and other VPN functions along with providing hardware firewalls.
This is a much more secure networking infrastructure is available in than software VPN's but can be expensive in terms of installed hardware costs.
Techopedia explains Hardware Virtual Private Network (Hardware VPN)
Hardware VPNs are much more advantageous than software VPNs as they provide network load balancing which keeps network bottlenecks to a minimum and allows quality of service control (where bandwidth can be assured to everyone on the network). This is important to a large office where network delay is time wasted on wages for unproductive users. Load balancing allows everyone to keep working without interruption by higher bandwidth users
There are many advantages to a hardware VPN but the cost of ownership has to be considered when deciding if it is an appropriate hardware solution.
- Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- Virtual Private Network Appliance (VPN appliance)
- Hardware Load Balancing Device (HLD)
- Hardware Virtual Private Network (Hardware VPN)
- Mobile Virtual Private Network (mVPN)
- Open-Source Virtual Private Network (OpenVPN)
- Wide Area Network (WAN)
- Remote Office/Branch Office Backup and Recovery
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