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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Now that we understand the basics, let's look at how the international packet data network could be used to handle the typical application described previously, that is, an overseas sales location requiring access to a central-site computer connected to a US public data network.
Transpac was Europe's first public data network to support the X.
For UK or European customers, ORBITNET can be accessed through the same procedures and at the same cost as a phone call or data transmission via the various Public Data Networks (PDN's).
David Flickinger, who managers Boeing's distributed computing and telecommunications operations group, sums up a widespread view of public data networks.
What makes them attractive is their ability to integrate different LAN topologies, such as Ethernet and token-ring, with various wide area network facilities, such as public data networks and dedicated leased lines.
Roberts told members key technologies of 1992 will include public data networks and ISDN.
25 packet switching has moved from public data networks to the nucleus of private networks.
Common carriers and public data networks are going to benefit by picking up most of the loss in business from AT&T and from the local telcos.
25 public data networks and satellite transmission have promoted the use of data communications and increased the demand for less-expensive and more-reliable facilities and equipment.