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DEFINITION: A virtual (or logical) LAN is a local area network with a definition that maps workstations on some other basis than geographic location (for example, by department, type of user, or primary application). The virtual LAN controller can change or add workstations and manage load balancing and bandwidth allocation more easily than with a physical picture of the LAN. Network management software keeps  … 
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The Future of Business-Critical Networking
sponsored by Cavalier
WHITE PAPER: Your network must deliver non-stop services to support business operations and be highly scalable to support future growth. It must also address multiple communications needs cost-effectively and flexibly. The communications network must meet the demands of a dynamic business-critical environment. Read this white paper to learn more.
Posted: 20 May 2010 | Published: 20 May 2010

Cavalier

The Business Case for Hybrid Network Unification: Maximizing Performance, Continuity and IT Savings
sponsored by IPANEMA TECHNOLOGIES
WHITE PAPER: While enterprises can better serve their business needs by deploying two or more WANs, questions arise about what trade-offs need to be made. At issue is not only the ability to create a hybrid network with MPLS and Internet VPN between data centers and branch offices, but also the ability to control. Read this paper to learn more.
Posted: 28 Apr 2010 | Published: 28 Apr 2010

IPANEMA TECHNOLOGIES

VPLS: The Switched Ethernet
sponsored by AT&T Corp
WHITE PAPER: Virtual Private LAN Service is evolving into the next "in" technology. AT&T defines it as any-to-any Ethernet that can be either metro or long haul. VPLS allows enterprises to scale bandwidth and is a good fit for customers who require meshed connectivity and want to control and manage routing.
Posted: 05 Apr 2010 | Published: 05 Apr 2010

AT&T Corp

MegaPath Site-to-Site MPLS VPN
sponsored by MegaPath Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Your employees in remote locations need the same fast, reliable, secure and cost-effective access to information and applications as your employees at headquarters. MegaPath Site-to-Site MPLS VPN is the simple solution. Read this white paper to learn how to MegaPath Site-to-Site MPLS VPN means more security, more selection, and more service.
Posted: 30 Mar 2010 | Published: 30 Mar 2010

MegaPath Inc.

Making the Right Move to a Managed Service Provider for SSL VPN
sponsored by MegaPath Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Adoption of SSL VPNs is growing rapidly. A sample of areas in which SSL VPNs can help include serving more communities, supporting more access environments, providing access without application and network changes, enforcing compliance, protecting the network, quickly modifying access policies, and ensuring business continuity.
Posted: 26 Mar 2010 | Published: 26 Mar 2010

MegaPath Inc.

The MPLS Network: A Future-Proof Engine for Voice-Data Convergence
sponsored by MegaPath Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Voice and data on a single wire is an exciting network development. MPLS technology, which enables voice and data to be transported together on wide area networks (WANs), has matured to provide a platform for almost unimaginable communications and cloud computing possibilities. Learn more about MPLS by reading this white paper.
Posted: 26 Mar 2010 | Published: 26 Mar 2010

MegaPath Inc.

Threat Control and Containment: A Proactive Approach Can Lead to More Network Security Plus Peace of Mind
sponsored by CDW Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Taking a proactive approach to mobile security can help you stay ahead of the curve and protect the organization. Read this paper to learn best practices for mobile security.
Posted: 08 Sep 2009 | Published: 16 Mar 2009

CDW Corporation

How to Cut Overhead Costs Right Now: Connect Remote Workers, Using VPN Security
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Giving remote workers easy and secure access to your network with virtual private network (VPN) technology can result in big savings.
Posted: 14 Aug 2009 | Published: 14 Aug 2009

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Managed VoIP: More Cost Effective Than You Think
sponsored by Orange Business Services
WHITE PAPER: Currently over 600 Orange Business Services customers use their VPNs to transport voice and data. Some use a do-it-yourself model; others use a fully managed model. If you're looking for value, the fully managed approach is the less costly and higher quality alternative. Read this paper to find more details about pros and cons of each choice.
Posted: 21 Jul 2009 | Published: 21 Jul 2009

Orange Business Services

Active Anti-Malware Protection: Self-Defending IronKey Flash Drives Stop MalWare and Viruses from Spreading to Computers and Networks
sponsored by IronKey
WHITE PAPER: Read this paper to discover why only IronKey - with a unique end-to-end security that extends from the Cryptochip to firmware to services - is able to deliver a complete range of anti-malware controls down to the hardware level.
Posted: 06 Mar 2009 | Published: 06 Mar 2009

IronKey

Mass-Market Broadband in High-Growth Markets
sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent
WHITE PAPER: This paper highlights how important it is for telecom service providers to deliver broadband services beyond the profitable hotspots of advanced business users and high-income residential users to reach the mass market, as well as detailing a suggested solution.
Posted: 03 Mar 2009 | Published: 03 Mar 2009

Alcatel-Lucent

Enabling the Profitable Evolution of Mobile Transport to All-IP
sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent
WHITE PAPER: The mobile transport network is one of the key considerations for mobile service providers planning a network transformation. This paper outlines the challenges associated with transforming the mobile transport network and presents the Alcatel-Lucent approach to effective transformation.
Posted: 03 Mar 2009 | Published: 03 Mar 2009

Alcatel-Lucent

Optimizing Media-Rich Content Delivery with Point-to-Multipoint Label Switched Paths
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This document describes how content delivery and broadcast services are challenging networks and explains how emerging technologies such as point-to-multipoint (P2MP) label switched paths (LSPs) help resolve them.
Posted: 25 Nov 2008 | Published: 25 Nov 2008

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Emerging Multicast VPN Applications
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper provides background information on MVPNs, as well as describes emerging MVPN applications.
Posted: 25 Nov 2008 | Published: 25 Nov 2008

Juniper Networks, Inc.

How to Extend your Virtual Private Network with Citrix GoToMyPC Corporate
sponsored by Citrix Online - GotoMyPC
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to learn how companies can deliver more effective remote access by augmenting their traditional VPN with Web-based technologies.
Posted: 13 Nov 2008 | Published: 13 Nov 2008

Citrix Online - GotoMyPC

Achieving Profitable Growth through Exceptional Customer Experience
sponsored by CA Technologies.
WHITE PAPER: In this whitepaper, Datamonitor focuses on nine key steps that can - and should - be taken by CSPs to improve standards by delivering outstanding service and achieving various objectives.
Posted: 07 Nov 2008 | Published: 07 Nov 2008

CA Technologies.

Siemens Mobile UC - Where UC Meets Enterprise Mobility
sponsored by Siemens Enterprise Communications
WHITE PAPER: In response to increased employee mobility, companies are developing Unified Communications (UC) strategies and implementing UC solutions to enable a global work focus and ease employee communications problems.
Posted: 14 Oct 2008 | Published: 14 Oct 2008

Siemens Enterprise Communications

The Virtual Office Checklist
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: The technology behind remote access is called a "virtual private network," or "VPN," and it establishes a private, secure network connection over a public network, such as the Internet.
Posted: 10 Oct 2008 | Published: 10 Oct 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc.

How "Green" Are Your Digits? A Scorecard to See How Eco-Friendly Your IT Is
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Changing the ways your company uses digital technology can quickly make your business more ecofriendly and efficient. Smart IT practices reduce carbon emissions and the consumption of valuable resources--including space and energy.
Posted: 01 Oct 2008 | Published: 30 Sep 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Network Security Checklist
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Every SMB should have a written (and thoughtfully prepared) network-security plan in place. This white paper provides tips to help you develop one for your company.
Posted: 25 Sep 2008 | Published: 25 Sep 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Fifty Critical Alerts for Monitoring Windows Servers - Best Practices
sponsored by Prism Microsystems Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This document identifies and describes the most important events generated by your Windows servers so they can be addressed and corrected by IT personnel in the most efficient manner.
Posted: 08 Sep 2008 | Published: 05 Sep 2008

Prism Microsystems Inc.

Deliver Application-level Security at Data Center Performance Levels
sponsored by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
WHITE PAPER: The shift from network-layer attacks to dynamically changing application-layer threats has dramatically increased security needs. This paper examines appliances that can quickly evolve to guarantee performance yet maintain a high level of security.
Posted: 08 Sep 2008 | Published: 08 Sep 2008

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Unified Threat Management: The security you need, the simplicity you want
sponsored by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
WHITE PAPER: This paper explores the security issues driving the emergence of UTM products. It then examines a new solution from Check Point, UTM-1 Total Security appliances, and shows how it tackles many of the security challenges other UTM products cannot.
Posted: 08 Sep 2008 | Published: 08 Sep 2008

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

ESG: A Phased Approach to Network Access Control (NAC)
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Learn how Symantec Network Access Control can provide the secret to NAC success by offering a practical, phased implementation approach and by aligning NAC with business requirements.
Posted: 29 Jul 2008 | Published: 01 Jul 2008

Symantec Corporation

Secure Mobile Computing: Using Two-factor Authentication with VPNs and Disk Encryption
sponsored by Aladdin Knowledge Systems
WHITE PAPER: Although mobile computing offers organizations many competitive advantages, it also entails significant security risks to corporate networks and sensitive corporate data. Read this whitepaper to learn about strong authentication solutions.
Posted: 28 Jul 2008 | Published: 11 Jun 2008

Aladdin Knowledge Systems
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VPN DEFINITION (continued): … A virtual (or logical) LAN is a local area network with a definition that maps workstations on some other basis than geographic location (for example, by department, type of user, or primary application). The virtual LAN controller can change or add workstations and manage load balancing and bandwidth allocation more easily than with a physical picture of the LAN. Network management software keeps track of relating the virtual picture of the local area network with the actual physical picture.VLANs are considered likely to be used with campus environment networks. Among companies likely to provide products with VLAN support are Cisco, Bay Networks, and 3Com.There is a proposed VLAN standard, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 802.10.
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