market had its glory days. Remember the days where you need to login to
VPN before you connect to your internal systems/apps within your
organization? I am not sure about you, but those days are long gone
atleast for me as I started using more and more apps on the cloud. This
makes me wonder – will cloud apps kill the VPN market?
a company starts using online applications, you don’t have anything
inside your firewall which eliminates the need for a VPN solution. We
are seeing all kinds of applications moving to the cloud reducing the
need for VPN. On-premise applications like MS Exchange (typically
deployed in DMZ) also offer web access which further eliminate the need
The trends for VPN don’t look bright either.
trend, I should say is probably true for small and medium businesses
where they are open to using cloud applications. Enterprises have long
invested in on-premise systems and they probably are long way to get
rid of their VPN systems.
I have nothing
against VPNs. I myself have used and deployed different types of VPNs
(IPSec, SSL etc) and found them very useful when the content is within
the firewall. As I moved to the cloud, my VPN usage dropped
Also, VPN is another app that
ties you down to ‘your device’ which doesn’t help either. With cloud
apps, you grow independent of the device which is a real convenicne.
What about you? Did your VPN usage come down due to cloud apps?
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By Raju Vegesna on March 23, 2009
Currently the Evangelist for Zoho. Has been with the company for 10 years. Prior to Zoho, Raju co-founded a company serving the education market. The opinions expressed on this site are his own and do not represent those of Zoho.