enterprise WAN

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What is an enterprise WAN?

An enterprise WAN is a corporate network that connects geographically dispersed users areas that could be anywhere in the world. As is the case with most WANs, an enterprise WAN (wide area network) links LANs in multiple locations. The enterprise in question often owns and manages the networking equipment within the LANs. However, the LANs are generally connected by a service provider. An enterprise WAN often also has additional remote users connecting through a virtual private network (VPN).

This was last updated in April 2012

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