Intranet VPNs provide secure internal (employee) access to branch office networks; extranet VPNs provide secure outsider access to selected shared resources. For example, extranet VPNs can be used to share parts inventory and purchase orders with suppliers. They can be used to supply product information and pricing to customers. They can be used to make collaborative project files accessible to business partners, consultants, and others with a need to know.

What are some of the advantages of being able to safely and selectively share confidential information with authorized outsiders?

  • Without an extranet, your company might hesitate to run sensitive internal and partner databases on the same server. With an extranet, you can enforce granular access permissions to share partner data without jeopardizing internal data on the same server.

  • Without an extranet, your company might have to install a private access link to support a collaborative project. With an extranet, you can use existing network resources and the Internet to share project data, while preventing eavesdropping or modification in transit.

  • Without an extranet, your company might wait days or weeks for parts to be ordered and shipped. With an extranet, your suppliers can remotely monitor inventory levels and automatically ship replacement parts when predefined minimums are reached.

    These are just a few of the many ways in which organizations can benefit from an extranet

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