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Satellite Service Provides New VPN Option For Remote Locations

Hughes Network Systems hopes to provide companies with a satellite option to connect a VPN for users in remote locations that otherwise lack adequate network infrastructure.

Hughes Network Systems Inc. hopes to provide companies with a satellite option to connect a VPN for users in remote locations that otherwise lack adequate network infrastructure.

Hughes unveiled the Direcway VPN Accelerator for multinational companies operating in remote locations around the globe and any company dealing with telecommuters.

The VPN Accelerator service is based on the IPsec standard; it connects individual workers, either at home or in the field, to their company's private network through a satellite service. While it will share information with Nortel IPsec networking components, Hughes also plans integration with Check Point and Cisco gear. The VPN Accelerator service is available now and costs between $7,999 and $24,000, depending on the number of tunnels or connections supported to the satellite.

An industry analyst says Hughes could solve typical satellite latency problems with performance improvements between two to 10 times, depending on the user and nature of the work. "Hughes and others are combining secret sauce and standards to increase performance," says Robert Whiteley, an industry analyst at Forrester Research. "They speed up encryption with hardware, and that overcomes a huge latency cause."

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