What is a Hosted VPN?

A hosted VPN, also known as a VPN as a Service or Cloud VPN, is a virtual private network designed for secure, remote access to an organization’s resources regardless of where they are. This type of VPN exists in response to the need for a more cloud-friendly solution, which suits organizations with many employees working remotely, from several different devices, and connecting to applications and other systems that are held in the cloud and locally.

Hosted VPN providers make it easy and fast to integrate with vital SaaS platforms such as Salesforce, AWS, the Google product suite, and other popular tools. Even on unsecure public Wi-Fi, a hosted VPN grants users secure access with encrypted tunnels between them and the resources they require to do their jobs. To navigate their organization’s network securely, all employees need to do is login with a web, desktop, or mobile application.

What is the Difference Between a VPN Service
Provider and a Self-Hosted VPN?

Where traditional or self-hosted VPNs often require on-premises infrastructure, VPN as a Service is an idea that is hardware free. Hosted VPNs require little maintenance and configuration from IT managers, whereas a self-hosted VPN might mean an on-site server to set up and keep running smoothly. All the responsibility for patching and other security upkeep must be handled in-house, which is one more thing for the IT team to worry about.

For experienced IT managers, going with the right hosted VPN offers a different set of realities. When an organization’s virtual private network is hosted with a provider, they can expect a more stable experience and also accurately budget for network needs. Hosted VPN plans are less expensive, billed in regular intervals, and offer a constant level of uninterrupted service. They can also be just as fast and just as private, as many of the best providers have their own data centers and don’t keep logs.

Picking the right hosted VPN provider is a matter of determining the quality of customer service and technical assistance, the selection of VPN nodes or locations that one can connect to, the level of encryption provided, the features and performance required, and of course, the price. Some IT managers might still prefer a self-hosted VPN regardless, simply because they’re able to exert greater control, but the best hosted VPNs offer similar control and don’t sacrifice scalability - something that executives are concerned about.

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How Does a Hosted VPN Work?

Hosted VPNs allow an organization’s users secure access to its cloud-based applications, data and files via a website, or a desktop or mobile application. To establish a secure connection, cloud VPNs use site-to-site Internet Protocol security (IPsec), a Layer 3 solution for both network-to-network and remote-access deployments that create an encrypted tunnel to protect data as it travels between network peers.

IPsec cryptographic security keys establish protocols for mutual authentication between clients at the beginning of a session, and are also used during the session to protect communications over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. This enables Cloud VPNs to connect two networks virtually as if they were directly connected by a physical router. The Cloud VPN’s traffic can also be controlled via rules and policies similar to physical network connections, which are set in the client itself.

Why You Need to Switch from a Consumer VPN to a Hosted VPN

VPNs first hit the market over 30 years ago, and were instantly valued for their ability to enforce secure remote access through the internet. However, the first (and current) generation of traditional consumer VPNs aren’t suitable for modern networks. Though established connections are still protected by encryption, they also grant access to the entire network once connected. The lack of user segmentation across specific network resources creates issues when there are more types of resources and users than ever.

Organizations are overwhelmingly using cloud-based applications, storage, and systems, and with more remote workers and devices than in the past, it’s important to fortify the network from all angles. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a phenomenon that’s now commonplace, and with these devices requiring more thorough endpoint security, IT teams need to implement holistic solutions that are both compatible with cloud applications and protect data wherever it resides.

More than just the abundance of devices that create security holes, employees connecting from potentially insecure public internet routers also leaves a wide gap, but for many organizations security is as much a consideration as overhead and other administrative ideas. In this regard, hosted VPNs also perform better than alternatives, with easy integration and no need to deal with technical issues.

Accordingly, cloud VPNs or VPN as a Service not only scale security with organizational growth, but also offer high network visibility, lower latency for remote workers, better productivity, and superior cost-efficacy. At the end of the day, moving from a traditional site-centric VPN model to a hosted VPN is one of the most vital steps to adopting an uncompromising user-centric security policy.

Secure Your Organization's Resources

End-to-End Encryption
When a user logs into their VPN client, tunneling protocols establish a secure and fully encrypted connection between their device and the organization’s network, ensuring zero unauthorized access.
Fast Remote Access
Remote employees are able to get to the resources they need and share data at all times. Hosted VPNs provide a secure network connection, so anyone who has the ability to connect is also authorized, requiring little oversight.
Cloud Friendly
Hosted VPNs are built for the cloud, and can be easily integrated with SaaS products like Azure, Salesforce, AWS, and local resources. IT should ensure access point security on their end, however.
Highlighting the Benefits of a Hosted VPN
  • Superior network visibility
  • Seamless integration with cloud products
  • Secure, low-latency remote network access
  • Fast onboarding
  • Built-in scalability for growing networks

Our VPN as a Service includes four main components:

Unified Cloud Platform
For ease of access management, permissioning, activity monitoring, and everything your IT team needs.
Multi-tenant Cloud
Set precise security policy and segment multiple networks across your organization and its various resources.
User-Friendly Clients
With mobile support for Android and iOS as well as desktop, built-in single sign-on, and 2-factor authentication.
Zero-Trust Access
A many layered user trust model including device and user validation is ideal for implementing user-centric security.

What a Hosted VPN Can Offer Your Organization

Optimized Search

By choosing a hosted VPN with multiple locations to connect from, you can more accurately determine which keywords and search trends are effective in various locales around the globe.

Security for BYOD

Remote employees connecting to the hosted VPN encrypt the entirety of their internet traffic, allowing them to access their workplace’s network from anywhere in the world securely.

Geographically Diverse QA

Test the efficacy of your campaigns and quality of your products across borders. All it takes is a single click and the Quality Assurance team can browse as if they were located elsewhere.

User Segmentation

Exercise precise control over which users can access specific portions of your network, and gain greater visibility over how users interact with it and where they’re coming from.

Cloud Compatibility

Hosted VPNs are appreciated for their integration with cloud-based platforms and SaaS products as well as the local environment. Leave behind the tiresome management and adjustments required when traditional VPNs meet a hybrid network.

Easy IP Whitelisting

Identify and filter which IP addresses are able to access the network and which are not. IT managers can easily assign static IPs to trusted sources of traffic, and automatically whitelist them.

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