The Virtual Private Network (VPN) market is exploding. There are many different ideas on what a VPN is, and how to implement them. This article clarifies what sound VPN products and services should include, and what to expect as the market matures.
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companies such as Nortel, Cisco, Lucent, Checkpoint, and Axent. Many smaller vendors are also starting to get into the market. The challenge will be to deliver a VPN product that not only runs on all the major platforms, but also is easy to install, configure, and provision. The encryption algorithms used in today's VPNs are fairly standard and will not likely be a determining factor for users, but integration and interoperability with cousin technologies like switches, firewalls, and routers, as well as