Avaya offers to manage VPNs for service providers

Avaya has adapted its virtual private network (VPN) hardware and software into a package for service providers, the company said Monday.

Basking Ridge, New Jersey-based Avaya pitched its managed VPN services as a way for service providers to offer their customers a new service without having to spend a lot of money upgrading their existing network. Pricing was not immediately available, and depends on "what a service provider wants to do" with the new service, however, an Avaya spokeswoman said.

A VPN allows computers to use the Internet like a local network by encrypting the data so observers cannot spy on communication between the network and computer.

The offering uses Avaya's VPNremote Client software on the company's VSU series of VPN gateways, which can support up to 10,000 VPN tunnels simultaneously.

Avaya offers to install and integrate its VPN equipment with service providers' gear, to manage the VPN remotely for performance, configuration and troubleshooting, and to assist in marketing the VPN service to customers.

The company cited British Telecommunications PLC and its BTopenworld Teleworker offering in example. Subscribers can connect to their offices from a home broadband connection, with data transported over the Internet in an encrypted form using Avaya's VPN technology.

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