VPN Appliances Come to the Small Office

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2004-06-08 Print this article Print

Even in a small business, users need to have access to the company network when they're away from the office.

Even in a small business, users need to have access to the company network when theyre away from the office. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are the most mature and trusted method for providing this access, and a spate of new appliances aims to bring this big-business luxury to smaller firms.

In our testing of three of the latest—from Check Point, Netgear, and SonicWall—we found the entries (save for the latter) accessible enough that a moderately technical business owner could get one up and running, but the learning curve is still difficult and the units a bit pricey.

Click here for the complete review at PCMag.com...
Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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