Virtual Private Network

(redirected from Private data network)
Also found in: Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Virtual Private Network

Also called a VPN. A computer network connecting the main office of a company to its regional offices, and sometimes to individuals using the network remotely. Until the 1990s, a VPN was a dial-up connection or a network set up especially for the company. Since then, most VPNs simply use the Internet.
References in periodicals archive ?
Some companies are carving their own secure virtual private data networks out of the giant, high-speed backbones of Internet access providers.
This also enables switching between a Motorola private data network and a public wide area wireless network.
RADVISION has found that many companies are now using videoconferencing within their private data network and, due to the abundance of bandwidth in the typical enterprise backbone, are making video calls at a higher bandwidth, 768 Kbps, rather than 384 Kbps.
Of the six satellites to be purchased, four are operational, serving cable television, broadcast and private data network customers in North America.
Switched Ethernet VLANs provide secure, shared multi-point Ethernet services, enabling enterprises to save money by using the existing public network as a fast, seamless and secure private data network.
Building on an already successful relationship, Infonet will continue the expansion and management of Yokogawa's private data network.
According to George Walsh, the City of Brockton's communications consultant, "Alcatel won on features, expandability, ease of adapting to our existing private data network and, last but not least in a government environment, price.
The D6600 NetCom Fire Alarm Reporting System from Radionics of Salinas, California, has received UL 864 Commercial Fire Listing for communication of fire alarms over private data networks and the Internet.