Today's enterprise networking environment is characterized by international coverage, a single end-to-end network protocol and a wide variety of network topologies, network carriers and access services. The emergence of a so-called "Hybrid Virtual Private Network" (HVPN) is the result of the efforts of organizations to integrate different network components in order to fulfill their need for greater reach, higher performance and lower costs. By matching VPN technology to site requirements, Hybrid VPNs provide a tailored solution with more extensive coverage and lower costs. However, Hybrid VPNs can also carry greater management challenges, making it crucial to develop a comprehensive network strategy and select the right provider to execute. A single-provider Hybrid VPN solution can provide the best combination of cost efficiency and ease of management.
Enterprises look to Virtual Private Networks (or VPNs) to provide the same capabilities that private leased lines traditionally delivered, but with cost savings enabled by using a shared network. VPNs create a private network that provides the same level of security assurances as dedicated connectivity. A VPN prevents unauthorized users from penetrating the network, securely carries a company's confidential data over shared or even unsafe (e.g., Internet) networks and ensures that sensitive data will not be intercepted by eavesdroppers.