What Is a Cloud VPN?

A cloud VPN (aka a virtual private network as a service or hosted VPN) is a new type of VPN technology that’s specifically designed for the cloud.

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Until recently, when a company’s employees were working outside the office, they would generally use a remote access virtual private network, or VPN, to securely access any applications, data or files they needed from the company servers.
However, over the past several years, as new cloud technologies have emerged and mobile workforces have swelled, many companies have moved away from in-house data centers to using the cloud instead. In fact, so many companies have done this to date that IDC, a global market intelligence firm, estimates 67% of enterprise IT infrastructure and software will be cloud-based by the end of 2020.

Consequently, most of the time, it no longer makes sense for a company to use a traditional VPN to connect remote workers back to a physical office when the company’s applications and data all reside in the cloud. More importantly, since traditional VPNs were never designed to work with the cloud, they don’t provide enough security protection for cloud environments.  

The way forward is to use a cloud VPN instead.

Where a Cloud VPN Fits into a Company’s Security Architecture

Cloud VPN, aka hosted VPN or VPN as a service – VPNaaS – is a new type of VPN technology specifically designed for the cloud. A cloud VPN enables users to securely access a company’s applications, data and files in the cloud through a website or via a desktop or mobile application. However, unlike traditional VPNs, which require some type of VPN infrastructure on the user’s end, a cloud VPN provides a globally accessible, secure connection that’s simply part of a company’s cloud delivery infrastructure. That cloud VPNs can be set up and globally deployed in a matter of minutes, instead of months, is another major advantage.

Cloud VPN improves security as an alternative to tradition VPN and can help make a company’s cloud architecture much more flexible, agile and scalable.

Accordingly, market intelligence and strategic consulting firm Reports and Data expects the global cloud VPN market to grow from 2.77 billion in 2019 to 8.78 billion by 2026.

The Benefits of Using a Cloud VPN

Using a cloud VPN enables a company to:

  • Cost-effectively provide employees, wherever they are, with a secure connection to both the company’s cloud and data center-based applications and data.
  • Authenticate users and ensure comprehensive, consistent security without having to purchase expensive hardware or networking equipment, or add IT complexity.

Click here to learn more about taking advantage of the cloud to enable your mobile workforce.

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Security for Today’s Cloud