Don’t let VPN jargon scare you; Vertex Computer can help. VPN means Virtual Private Network and the idea is very simple: You want to give your field employees remote access to your office programs and secure data. That is it. As a business grows, it might expand to multiple shops or offices across the town, across the country, or around the world. To keep things running efficiently, the people working in remote locations need fast, secure, and reliable ways to share information across the network. In addition, traveling employees, like salespeople, need an equally secure and reliable way to connect to their business’ computer network from remote locations. Or, maybe some employees would like work at home or at night. They don’t need to rush to the office anymore.

A VPN is actually a private network that uses a public network (usually the internet) to connect remote sites or users together. The VPN uses “virtual” connections routed through the Internet from the business’ private network to the remote site. By using a VPN, businesses can ensure security without the expense of a leased line. That is explained in more detail below. Anyone intercepting the encrypted data can’t read it.

A VPN allows your business to extend all its intranet resources to employees working from remote offices or their homes. Vertex offers a variety of solutions to creating the right VPN system for your office. Talk to your Vertex technician to see if a VPN makes sense for your business.

Prior to VPN, the most common way to connect computers between multiple offices was by using a leased line. Leased lines, such as ISDN, T1, and Frame Relay, are private network connections that telecommunications companies lease to its customers. Leased lines provide a company with a way to expand its private network beyond its immediate geographic area. These connections form a single WAN (wide-area network) for the business. Though leased lines are reliable and secure, the lease is expensive. Rising costs and longer distances between offices make it hard for small businesses to afford that kind of service.

Today, the Internet is more accessible than ever before, and ISPs (Internet Service Providers) continue to develop faster and more reliable services at lower costs than leased lines. To take advantage of this, most businesses have replaced leased lines with new technology that uses Internet connections. This can be done without sacrificing performance and security. If you would like to replace your leased lines with a VPN, ask your Vertex technician for an analysis.

Dennis Laidler, Education Curator

Dennis Laidler, Education Curator

Potter Park Zoo

Thanks to Vertex Computer, tens of thousands of Potter Park Zoo visitors had a chance, this fall, to see our three Amur tiger cubs while they were in our nursery. The camera and computer system, donated by Vertex, allowed us to monitor the late stages of the mother tiger’s pregnancy and the birth of the cubs. Dr. Tara Harrison, the zoo’s veterinarian, was able to access the video feed from home which made it much easier to keep an eye on things. Having the Vertex video surveillance system helped save the life of the cubs. After the cubs were born, we used the Vertex system to monitor the cubs and mom. By the second day, it was obvious from the video feed that there was a problem. Closer examination by zookeepers and lab reports confirmed that the cubs had been born with pneumonia. They had to be pulled from their mom, given emergency medical treatment for several weeks and had to be hand-raised. All of us at the Potter Park Zoo are extremely grateful to the owner and staff of Vertex Computer. With their generous assistance and technical expertise, three highly endangered Amur tiger cubs are healthy, happy and give us hope that this species will survive.