Posted by: Tessa Parmenter
branch office, network access, remote workers, Security, WAN, WAN optimization, WAN performance, wide area networks
A glimmer of a recession rebound and a favorable international market spark businesses into to expanding and creating new office locations across the globe. Remote offices are forecasted to increase 5% in 2011 and spike upwards thereafter. This trend of remote offices will leave wide area network (WAN) engineers with questions about how to manage, optimize and secure branch office connections to headquarters.
News writer Jessica Scarpati asks these questions: Is remote wireless access for teleworkers simpler and safer, and does wireless remote access give WAN engineers more control?
Another question explored in SearchEnterpriseWAN.com’s WAN security and performance tutorial is “how do I maintain a secure connection to my remote office without bogging down network speed?”
As with any form of security you want to implement, the answer depends on your remote office infrastructure and must be sensitive to your particular business processes, which is why we break up one section of the tutorial into connection types:
- Backhauled branch network infrastructure, where branches are connected directly to the WAN but not the Internet.
- Direct-to-net branch networks, where branches are connected to both the WAN and the Internet.
- Micro-branch networks, where a handful of remote workers connect to the Internet with, essentially, only a router. (This limited network infrastructure poses its own set of security challenges. Those around application control and awareness are covered by technical editor Michael Brandenburg in this feature.)
Looking at these resources and answering those questions now will help you manage the increased load of branch office connections you will surely have in coming years. If you have questions about your remote offices now, don’t hesitate to ask our experts.