Virtual Private Network Appliance

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What Does Virtual Private Network Appliance Mean?

A virtual private network (VPN) appliance is a network device which is equipped with strong security features. It is a router that provides load balancing, firewall protection, authentication, authorization and encryption.

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A VPN appliance may also be called a secure socket layer (SSL) VPN appliance.

Techopedia Explains Virtual Private Network Appliance

Virtual private network (VPN) appliances use public telecommunication infrastructure such as the Internet to provide remote offices with secure access to proprietary data. They offer central management and multi-platform functionality. VPN appliances are also compatible with essential network applications and legacy platforms.

Virtual private network appliances are installed to provide better performance and low-maintenance operation. They are scalable and can provide the features that specific market segments require without additional installations. VPN appliances improve performance and throughput while reducing overall cost.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.