We live in a very mobile society these days, and most small business owners find they need access to their network from anywhere at any time. Fortunately, technology developments over recent years have provided for some excellent solutions for that. One in particular has become quite a buzz word, and that is VPN (Virtual Private Network). With VPN, you form an encrypted connection through the public Internet. This allows you to use the public Internet connection as if it were a private WAN connection. It does this through a process called tunneling. You can think of it in basic terms as a tube inside a tube. The outer tube is the Internet connection, and the inner tube is your private VPN connection running inside that outer Internet tube.
Continuing with this tube analogy, you can imagine that the inner tube has water flowing through it, and the outer tube has oil flowing through it. They do not mix with each other, and in fact do not even see each other because each tube has it's own boundaries. This is what happens with your data as it is transmitted over a VPN connection. The public Internet cannot see it, only you can, because it is inside an encrypted tunnel. This allows you to be anywhere in the country (or world for that matter) and still have access to resources inside your private network. VPN functionality is built into the Windows Server operating systems, and configuring it is part of the services we provide.