One easy-to-manage solution to interconnect everything
Managing dozens of IPSEC VPN appliances or firewalls and ensuring the availability of numerous end-points can be a daunting task. Plus, multi-site deployments often require a full-mesh, meaning each site should connect to every other site directly to ensure the shortest path, making configurations very complex. To make things even more complicated, a proper DR strategy means that each site connecting to your Corporate HQ or Primary Data Center now must fail to a Disaster Recovery site when the primary site is unavailable. Total Uptime’s Cloud VPN simplifies everything.
While dial-up, or software-based SSL VPNs allow one side to have a dynamic IP address (e.g. a client remotely connecting to a corporate firewall), point-to-point IPSEC VPNs require a known, static IP on both sides making failover far more complex. While SSL VPNs can easily run through our Cloud Load Balancer to fail from one site to another, IPSEC VPNs are more secure and must be configured using a different architecture. This is where the Total Uptime Cloud VPN comes into play. It is a global VPN/VPLS mesh built over a private purpose-built performance-based MPLS network.
At the most basic level, each of your “firewalls” or “VPN end-points” needs just one tunnel to our globally distributed VPN cloud. One tunnel allows communication to any part of your private network, as you dictate, including your primary site, DR site or any other location.
To make it happen, you build tunnels between each site to a static Virtual IP (VIP) that we assign for your exclusive use. This VIP is announced using IP Anycast technology from multiple VPN concentrators around the world for high redundancy and availability. Then, you tell us what subnet(s) are at each site and which are permitted to communicate with other subnets, ensuring that traffic will only be allowed where you want it to go. Alternatively, you can configure all subnets to communicate with all other subnets. Once built, you’re done!
If you have two ISPs and/or two firewalls at a single location, you can build a tunnel from our cloud to both and either load balance the traffic inbound, or configure it for active/passive. When one ISP/ Firewall or Tunnel goes down, traffic automatically continues via the alternate paths uninterrupted.
You can also configure all site traffic to go to your primary VPN, at your Headquarters or data center, for example. Then, when that site goes down, the Cloud VPN automatically moves all VPN traffic to your DR site, without any tunnel renegotiations. We simply make an automatic routing change within the Cloud VPN mesh to redirect the traffic accordingly.
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