Networking between distributed offices allows common data resources to be shared and consolidated in a central location.

Sites can be linked using leased lines or by creating a virtual private network to transfer data across the Internet. Leased lines are relatively expensive and are generally only used by larger companies. Alternatively there are an increasing range of internet connections offering greater performance including ADSL, SDSL, VDSL, EFM and Fibre Ethernet. Secure links can be established over most types of Internet connection by using a VPN to ensure privacy.

VPN utilises sophisticated encryption and encapsulation technology to allow data to be securely transmitted across the Internet. Remote workers and branch offices can establish network connections from any location using their local Internet connection. This solution can be used with standard dial-up access but is particularly effective where high speed broadband Internet connections are used.

VPN forms an integral feature of many firewall systems. Academy can provide a range of IPsec, SSL and PPTP VPN solutions including:

Watchguard
Cisco
Juniper NetScreen
Netgear
SonicWALL
ZyXEL
VPN

To reduce traffic between sites, the servers at each location can hold frequently accessed data and be periodically synchronised with a central server. Data that is only required occasionally can be retrieved when needed across WAN connections.

Academy Networks can advise on the most effective WAN solution for your business and deploy the necessary infrastructure to link your networks together.