Onsumer VPN is different from enterprise VPN. They all provide virtual private networks, but they have significantly different use cases. The function you need in the enterprise VPN is not on the consumer’s VPN shopping list. Consumer looking for desktop or mobile apps. They hope to hide their IP address and network traffic through a secure and encrypted tunnel when browsing web pages at home or in public.

Consumer VPNs protect users’ online activities from their Internet service providers (ISPs). Using consumer VPN services, you can more securely access online banking, telemedicine, payment card information or other portals that access, verify or exchange data.

36% of consumers now often use VPN.

Recently, the adoption rate of consumer VPN has increased significantly, mainly due to concerns about online privacy. ISPs can sell your data, advertisers can monitor your every move, and even law enforcement can take advantage of weak encryption standards. A survey by malware bytes, a network security company, found that 36% of consumers now regularly use VPN, an increase of about 34% from a decade ago. Among non VPN users, Malwarebytes also reported that 58% said they were familiar with the technology.

In contrast, enterprise VPN provides a series of more complex, powerful and specially built functions. One of the most common use cases of enterprise VPN is to provide access for remote workers.

Remote access VPN solution

VPN is a remote access technology, which provides secure data communication for employees or remote users to connect to their work network. Through VPN tunnel, they can access all resources and data that are usually limited to the office.

Like consumer applications, enterprise VPNs encrypt and tunnel traffic from VPN servers. The tunnel connects employees’ devices to the enterprise network and makes them part of the enterprise network – providing secure access to all available services at work. This encryption is essential for secure access to corporate resources, especially for employees connected from a home ISP or public WiFi. The network of coffee shops and hotels is a high-risk connection without VPN. Remote users are particularly vulnerable to man in the middle (mitm) attacks and data leaks. When using public WiFi, these attacks and data leaks will lead to eavesdropping on networks with poor security.

For example, most public WiFi portals use the easy-to-use WPA2 encryption standard to protect their network security. This ubiquitous encryption protocol is vulnerable to a set of vulnerabilities, which researchers call “key reinstallation attacks”, or kracks for short.

ResearchAndMarkets also reported that as of March 2020, 72% of the firms they surveyed intend to “shift a portion of their staff permanently to a WFH model.” Furthermore, another 70% of companies plan to “permanently offload over 35% of their workforce to WFH roles to reduce worker density at offices,” according to the ResearchAndMarkets study. 

In the U.S., the report said that 35-to-40% of employees would have multiple WFH days per week by the end of this year. Uncertainty around when it’s safe to fully return to offices around the world suggests that the WFH phenomenon may be an enduring trend for the global enterprise. A recent survey of 9,000 people conducted by Slack’s Future Forum found that a third of respondents didn’t want to return to their offices in the wake of the pandemic.

Enterprise VPNs are now mission-critical.

As more and more companies embrace remote work, enterprise VPNs will become an essential component of their productivity. Fifty percent of the IT and security leaders queried by NetMotion last Summer affirmed this notion, anticipating that “their company’s VPN usage would continue well into 2023 and beyond.”

In the last year, hackers have exploited security flaws in numerous traditional VPN providers. With enterprise VPNs becoming mission-critical, it’s important to remember that not all VPN solutions are created equal. OpenVPN is one trusted vendor that offers enterprise customers multiple solutions to empower them with complete control of their network security.

Who is OpenVPN?

OpenVPN is a leading global private networking and cybersecurity company that allows organizations to truly safeguard their assets in a dynamic, cost-effective, and scalable way. Our self-hosted and cloud-based platforms enable you to quickly and easily connect private networks, devices, and servers to build a secure, virtualized modern internet. We’re the easy button for securing your business. 

The days of VPN as purely remote access are gone. Modern network architecture requires room for contemporary approaches to sit on top of a private networking foundation. SASE, Zero Trust Security, and SDNs are not replacements for VPNs — but are instead fueled by them. 

As an example, OpenVPN Cloud leverages a shared resources model, vertical integration of technology, and a focus on delivering dynamic access control. This allows you to drive down costs, secure your business at scale, and provide a seamless experience for your team (no matter the size). No longer are you relegated to dealing with clunky, rigid, and expensive network architecture.  

OpenVPN is changing the way the world thinks about VPNs.

OpenVPN is recognized as a leader in virtual private networking by Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike, across the globe. With tens of thousands of business customers, OpenVPN is changing the way the world thinks about VPNs. With roots in Silicon Valley and products used  around the world, the company was founded by storied technology leaders with a passion for a safe and secure internet.

Which of our enterprise VPN products are right for you? Let’s detail OpenVPN Access Server, our popular self-hosted solution, and OpenVPN Cloud, our OpenVPN-as-a-Service. You can also see a comparison chart of the two products here: Access Server or OpenVPN Cloud.

OpenVPN Access Server

OpenVPN Access Server is our self-hosted software VPN server. Our business customers deploy Access Server on their network infrastructure. These self-hosted servers can be physical or virtual, on-premise (on-prem) or in the cloud. 

This self-hosted application can be deployed as a do-it-yourself (DIY) option on one of your Linux servers, or launched on a virtual private server with your cloud provider, whether that’s Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean, or Oracle. Access Server enables you to customize access control for your employees to meet precise network security requirements.