PenVPN Access servers have been used for years to set up site-to-site VPNS for businesses. Moreover, Access Server provides a powerful tool for many enterprises. But today, we’re excited about how the next generation of VPNS, the OpenVPN cloud, can solve the same problem. For any enterprise that wants to securely grow and extend its site-to-site network, OpenVPN Cloud can do so without the need to deploy any servers, greatly simplifying the life of IT administrators. Of course, for some businesses, Access Server is still the best choice, but it all depends on your current needs.

For any enterprise that wants to securely grow and extend its site-to-site network, the OpenVPN cloud does just that — without deploying a server.

To further explain this, and to amplify the difference between implementing a site-to-site VPN using Access Server or OpenVPN cloud, we brought in a team directly involved in product development: Rohit Kalbag, Director of Product Management; Kyryl Tumanov, Cloud Computing Product Manager; And Johan Draisma, product manager for Access Server.

Why use site-to-site VPN?

“Site-to-site is important because it allows remote users to access resources distributed across sites using a single VPN connection,” Kalbag explains. “When all sites are connected to form a VPN, remote users can not only connect to the VPN and access all resources distributed across multiple sites, but servers and users at each site can also communicate with other sites.”

Any business that needs to connect at least two locations requires a site-to-site VPN.

KYRYL TUMANOV, OPENVPN Cloud Product Manager

In fact, as Tumanov adds, site-to-site VPNS are almost essential for any growing company in our data-rich society. “Any business that needs to connect to at least two locations (on the PREm or Cloud) needs a site-to-site VPN,” he says. “Most businesses can’t scale on a single location.”

And, as Draisma adds, a site-to-site VPN makes it easy for your team. “Typically, users just need to boot up their computers in an office network. From there, he can transparently access resources on another network — but users need not worry. It works and it’s safe to work.”

Use OpenVPN to access the server

Many OpenVPN customers are currently using Access Server to establish their site-to-site VPNS. It has worked for them for years, providing reliability and security that many products cannot match.”Access servers can easily be set up to run in routed mode and mark VPN clients connecting to sites as gateway clients,” says Kalbag of access server popularity. “It is easy to do hub-and-spoke configuration for use cases such as branches connecting to head office.”

Using Access Server means using your own Server in your own place.

Perhaps most importantly, using Access Server means using your own Server in your own place. “With Access Server, the infrastructure is completely in your own hands,” Explains Draisma. With the cloud, you depend on our infrastructure.” For some, it’s not a priority – but for those who enjoy it, it can make a big difference.

Using OpenVPN cloud

Our next generation VPN OpenVPN cloud is relatively new, but it provides a powerful suite for customers who want to establish site-to-site VPN connections for their business. Moreover, as Kalbarg explains, its speed is unmatched. “OpenVPN cloud simplifies site-to-site connectivity, allowing full-grid routing with other sites as long as one site is connected to one of our global points of presence. With the OpenVPN cloud, there is no single center in the traditional hub-and-spoke model, and all traffic passes through. Instead, OpenVPN Cloud is a full grid routed network that connects to any OpenVPN cloud area directly to all of your sites. By running the connector with the Data Channel Offload (DCO) test function turned on, OpenVPN Cloud also allows high-speed VPN connections from sites to OpenVPN cloud, which significantly improves VPN tunnel performance.

In addition, Kalbag went on to explain that The OpenVPN cloud has some advantages that enterprises can benefit from. “AWS connectors for OpenVPN cloud have been enhanced to automatically make routing changes as more sites are added. OpenVPN also has full mesh connectivity, DCO, and access control for net-to-network communications. If you don’t need full control and self-hosting, I recommend using the OpenVPN cloud for all site-to-site usage.”

The main benefit of the OPENVPN cloud is simplicity.

KYRYL TUMANOV, OPENVPN Cloud Product Manager

Tumanov agreed, adding that “the main benefit of the OpenVPN cloud is simplicity. You do not have to manage or extend the server. You can use our wizard to automatically deploy connectors and connect your site to the OpenVPN cloud. You can then configure fine-grained access between sites. If you need high availability and/or use load balancing to improve performance, you can configure it to be done easily by adding another connector.”

For many people, the choice between these two tools is easy. But if you’re not sure which is the best solution for setting up a site-to-site VPN, Tumanov’s description is simple: “If you want complete control over your deployment and want all your data to go through your PREM infrastructure, then Access Server may be a better solution for you. But if you want simple configuration, easy maintenance and scalability, you should choose OpenVPN Cloud.”