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Alaska Computer Brokers extend your network: Virtual Private Networks and Internet security. (Advertisement).

In today's business world managing and distributing information is key to improving productivity. Our business networks have become foundational in how we organize information, communicate and conduct business. As employees become more and more mobile, the use of the Internet and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) can cost effectively provide greater productivity and convenience for your employees, clients and business partners.

Until recently, connecting remote offices or mobile workers was just too expensive for anyone except the largest of companies. As demand for remote access increased, new and feature-rich products were developed and in conjunction with the Internet have had a major impact in the work environment.

What exactly is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)? According to Shawn Purviance, Manager of ACB's Network Solutions Group:

"A Virtual Private Network connects two devices located at different locations, securely, through a public network like the Internet. The devices use a connection between the two locations, verify their identities and negotiate a data encryption scheme to keep your data secure. Users at each location can then securely access network resources almost as if they were in the same location, limited only by the speed of the Internet connection."

Virtual Private Networks are playing a major role in business in Alaska. Many organizations have multiple locations within the state, the country or the world. Dedicated connections between those locations can be prohibitively expensive. Now, with VPNs, we can use the Internet as the backbone. VPNs have now become the solution of choice for many Alaska businesses.

Alaska Computer Brokers has partnered with SonicWALL to provide affordable, scaleable VPN/Security solutions for your company. SonicWALL Inc. is the leading provider of integrated Internet security appliances offering access security, transaction security and security services for the enterprise, e-commerce, SMB, SOHO, telecommuter and education markets.

Alaska companies of all sizes can now afford to connect their offices and provide access to data in real time. Alaska Computer Brokers and SonicWALL's VPN/Security Appliance will ensure that you are not only getting secure, affordable, fast communication between locations but also an ICSA-certified stateful packet inspection firewall. This is technology that has been used for years in sophisticated, expensive, large enterprise firewall devices. SonicWALL has refined it and made it accessible to the small and medium business.

Another exciting element of SonicWALL's security appliances is the ability to install any of SonicWALL's rapidly expanding line of security applications such as virus scanning, Web Content Filtering and Internet Usage Monitoring. As an example, according to Russell Ball, owner of Alaska Computer Brokers, "You can limit non-business specific surfing to set times during the day, such as on an employee's lunch hour." A great amount of productivity can be gained though the use of this add-on security application.

Alaska Computer Brokers Network Solutions Group has a security solution for you. Founded in 1986, Alaska Computer Brokers has grown and thrived over the last 16 years into a sales and service organization that has a presence around the state.

We take great pride in our technical staff. Alaska Computer Brokers Network Engineers hold many of the industry's top certifications including: Microsoft MCSE, MCP, Novell CNE, Cisco CCNA, CCDA, Compaq ASE, APS, Citrix CNA, CompTIA Network+ and A+ certifications among others. Even more important than these prestigious industry certifications, Alaska Computer Brokers Network Engineers have decades of combined experience designing, implementing, and managing networks of all shapes and sizes.

Call ACB today for a free business VPN/Security analysis.

Alaska Computer Brokers

551 W. Dimond Boulevard, Anchorage, AK 99515

Tel: 907-267-4200

Fax: 907-267-4243

E-mail: nsg@akcb.com

Web: www.akcb.com
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Date:Jun 1, 2002
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