Virtual Private Network

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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.
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NetEdge is the de facto standard and platform of choice for the leading implementers, of transparent LAN service including MFS (recently acquired by Worldcom), Teleport Communications Group and BC TEL Advanced Communications.
With Bell Atlantic's Transparent LAN Services, companies can connect multiple data networks, or LANs, enabling employees in separate offices to instantly communicate with one another and share applications such as e-mail, databases, archives and images.
The New IE-MiniFiberLinX-II Provides Industrial-Grade Delivery of Transparent LAN Services over Fiber, with Media Conversion, Carrier-Grade Remote Management and Line-Provisioning Capabilities in One Compact Device
NEW YORK, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Manhattan businesses can now use Bell Atlantic's (NYSE: BEL) Transparent LAN Services to carry data traffic between offices located across the street or across town.
These transparent LAN services allow businesses with broadly distributed remote offices to operate as if located on the same local network.
Rapid industry adoption of broadband wireless, metropolitan area networks, and Ethernet private line and transparent LAN services necessitates encrypting the entire Ethernet payload so that IP protocols, as well as non-IP protocols, are properly secured.
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