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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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"Our Frame Relay for five locations was running about $96,000 annually, with two locations at 1,536 Kbps port speed and three at 512 Kbps port speed, and reduced CIRs.
Verilink offers a wide range of VoATM, VoDSL, VoIP, TDM, inverse multiplexing and cross connection solutions, as well as converged solutions for access to Frame Relay, ATM and IP-based networks for Service Providers and the enterprise.
Observer is a considerably more robust software analyzer solution than any competing product, and adding this level of functionality to Gigabit and Frame Relay analysis environments is an industry-first."
Having selected the WAN service, Brooks' next job was to choose access devices that were equally adept at handling frame relay and consolidating personal computer local area network (PC LAN) traffic from stores and incompatible traffic from an IBM AS/400 host system at headquarters.
Frame relay is not the only type of digital connection, although it is increasingly common.
In remote areas, you may have to lease a fixed circuit from your site to a closest POP (point of presence) of a frame relay network provider.
Michael Schuyler (1994) of Kitsap Regional Library in Bermerton, Washington, is among the first library network administrators to make use of Frame Relay in public libraries.
Rather than requiring the dedicated terminal connections of the current network, the frame relay facility will plug directly into a user's campus local area network (LAN).
The frame relay network connects these locations together, and there are no local central office lines at the remote sites.
An even more interesting phenomenon is the current migration away from traditional high speed access methods like frame relay, ATM, and private line toward "next gen access" methods like Ethernet, SONET, WDM, DSL, and PON for metro and WAN services.
Antenna Technology Communications Inc., a provider of satellite communications solutions, has announced that the company has installed and integrated a two-way communication system for Cocesna using Frame Relay to access the company's existing Aeronautical Communication Network, which currently serves airports throughout Central America.
Customer sites are connected to the PE routers in many different ways: T1, Frame Relay, DSL, ATM and so on.