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Virtual Networking

Remote jobs have quickly become the norm since the world was introduced to the coronavirus. Companies around the globe had to implement new strategies for doing business in the midst of the pandemic. A business’ ability to adapt has become paramount, and the need for more flexibility is imperative now more than ever. Virtual cloud networking (VCN) is now answering the call of companies around the world.

A VCN can revolutionize a company’s ability to operate. Here’s how.

What Is a VCN?

The virtual cloud network operates as a system of devices, virtual machines, servers and data centers where all connections are controlled using wireless technology. Unlike a LAN connection that operates through a series of wired connections, the VCN is not restricted to physical locations or hardware and cable connections. LAN components such as routers that require strategic positioning in order to receive strong signals become a technology of the past when using a virtual cloud network. A LAN connection also has proximity limitations when compared to the virtual cloud network’s capability to function in a wireless reality.

The VCN works by using software that connects devices and virtual machines from anywhere. Imagine an office without the need for dozens of cables and wires to operate its computer systems. Imagine the company’s ability to position separate departments or jobs outside of a central office that was dependent on its LAN operating base.

Advantages of a VCN

The VCN has numerous advantages for a variety of organizations. In addition to its wireless management, a VCN offers a more cost-effective approach when the organization has control of its network from a centralized source. Hardware and components needed for a LAN connection are no longer needed, thus reducing additional overhead costs. Companies are better positioned to control the data and traffic that travels through their network. Tech workers are no longer bound to a location that houses the physical network. With a VCN, remote tech workers can handle issues or implement needed upgrades or changes. 

The VCN infrastructure can be hosted through a private or public cloud platform. It can be managed by a service provider, a team of in-house tech experts or it may be available on demand. A VCN can move a small business into a global market.

Virtual networks can be grouped into three classifications:

  • Virtual private networks (VPN): An internet-based virtual network that connects at least two networks.
  • Virtual local area network (VLAN): Often used by large organizations where the network is grouped together through a parallel set of nodes.
  • Virtual extensible local area network (VXLAN): Allows network administrators to isolate the network by creating an overlay connection between a layer two network and a layer three network.

Securing a VCN

When an organization makes the decision to switch to a virtual network, they can better manage and control the network’s options. Firewalls, applications and data can be controlled more efficiently through the VCN. Companies such as Fortinet are an essential resource in securing a virtual cloud network. Fortinet offers advanced, artificial intelligence-driven threat protection over your virtual cloud network, which can be used over private, public and telco clouds, as well as hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

As technology continues to advance creating new ways of sharing and storing information, the VCN appears to be the software revolution of 2021.

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