Kurt Huegin, vCORE Director of Network Solutions | March 18, 2020
For the good of those around us, we’re living in a period of social distancing. This means remote work for a lot of companies.
Fortunately the industry is helping bridge the gap with temporary licenses for VPN, security, and web collaboration solutions. As most of you are aware, Cisco is providing AnyConnect clients, Umbrella and WebEx licenses. Palo Alto is providing GlobalProtect licenses as well.
But if you’re like many people, you have a hardware limitation to how many clients you can terminate on your firewall or VPN concentration point.
Enter the cloud.
One of the beauties of the cloud is its elasticity. We’ve been working with customers to get creative in ways to extend their VPN capability.
Palo Alto has a great solution that’s already mature in the market with Prisma Access. They are offering free licensing for new clients and expanded licenses for existing customers.
While it falls into the Secure Access Services Edge (SASE) category, for purposes of this discussion you can think of it as a SaaS-based VPN solution that establishes a tunnel from endpoints to PAN’s cloud (aka GCP/AWS) back to your DC apps.
And because it’s a mature SASE solution, it provides advanced threat protection, web filtering, sandboxing and more for not just that DC traffic, but also remote users going to the web.
If you’re looking to maintain a consistent firewall footprint and don’t use Palo Alto, vCORE can help you build a virtual VPN concentration point in the cloud with something like a virtual F5 APM Cluster, ASA, Check Point, or Fortinet firewall. From there we can establish a site to site connection from the public cloud to your data centers, providing you scalable VPN connectivity.
While these are stressful times, I do think it creates an opportunity to rethink one’s remote access strategy. If this is something you’re bumping into, give us a call.
Our goal is to be creative and collaborative with our clients to help get through a difficult time. And the good news is we have a big virtual whiteboard we can Webex on so we can collaborate in a social distancing world.
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