ArrowDot Products | Information about our software appliances

By: Arrowdot  09-12-2011
Keywords: Open Source Software, VPN Solution

INTRODUCTION

If you are looking for an

Easy, Secure and Affordable

remote access solution, please read on.

Getting the VPN appliance up and running is a matter of minutes, requiring no technical experience.

The OpenVPN appliance by ArrowDot is a professionally configured implementation of OpenVPN. This appliance provides an enterprise grade VPN for an investment of less than 10% of that required by proprietary VPN vendors.

OpenVPN is a prime example of open source software offering businesses a real advantage over proprietary alternatives. It provides network communications between two or more computers or networks with mature encryption technologies and standard network protocols.

For creating enterprise-level Virtual Private Networks, it's license cost is attractive: none.

ZERO CONFIGURATION

Using the OpenVPN ArrowDot appliance, anyone can get an enterprise grade VPN solution up and running in as little as a few minutes.

Forgotten your

password? No problem. You don't have to make any changes to either.

Follow the following simple steps to get your VPN up and running:

1) Download the appliance

2) Install the appliance on an existing

    computer on your network

3) Activate the appliance

4) Install the vpn client on all machines

    requiring remote access

Congratulations. You now have a working VPN. Yes .. really.

ZERO CONFIGURATION

Don't know what a router or gateway is?

No problem - you don't need to. Using the ArrowDot OpenVPN device, you can get your VPN up and running without making any changes to your existing network infrastructure.


DOWNLOADABLE

That's right – you can download this appliance. No waiting for delivery of a physical appliance or other hardware. Just download the appliance and get started immediately ..

THE PRICE

Buy the device for a single payment of $499, or

rent a device for $49/month

. No hidden fees, no client licensing, no ongoing maintenance fees and no installation charges.

Why $499 ?

There are a number of reasons:

1) This is less than 10% of equivalent

    proprietary alternatives.

2) This is less than the price of half a day

    of technical consulting. We believe it

    would take the average technical

    consultant at least a day to install

    and configure an equivalent solution.

3) We want it to be easily affordable.

If cash flow is a concern, you can also

rent a device for $49/month

NO NEW HARDWARE

Install the appliance on an existing computer on your network. That's it. You don't even have to make any changes to your gateway device or firewall.

ArrowDot appliances have a very small footprint, requiring minimal resources to run. This means that chances are very good that one of your existing computers will be able to host the VPN. We suggest you put this appliance onto a machine that can be left running.

TRIED AND TRUSTED

OpenVPN was named as the best open source VPN for 2007 by InfoWorld.

To quote the press release:

"OpenVPN simply outshines its competition."

OpenVPN is in use by thousands of organizations. There are also numerous commercial applications that are built on OpenVPN and the technologies employed by OpenVPN.

This is no fly-by-night product. Since its launch in 2002, OpenVPN has gained a tremendous following.

ENTERPRISE SECURITY

OpenVPN uses the same cryptographic protocols that provide secure communications to your Internet Banking sessions.

Both the ArrowDot VPN appliance and your bank enforces 128-bit SSL encryption. This means that your VPN sessions are as secure as your internet banking sessions.

If the above is quite enough jargon for you, feel free to

If you have a good understanding of Internet Security and want to know more about the OpenVPN security model,

ENTERPRISE SECURITY

OpenVPN uses an industrial-strength security model designed to protect against both passive and active attacks.

The OpenVPN security model is based on using SSL/TLS for session authentication and the IPSec ESP protocol for secure tunnel transport over UDP.

OpenVPN supports the X509 PKI (public key infrastructure) for session authentication, the TLS protocol for key exchange, the OpenSSL cipher-independent EVP interface for encrypting tunnel data, and the HMAC-SHA1 algorithm for authenticating tunnel data.

ENTERPRISE SECURITY

OpenVPN has been built with a strongly modular design. All of the cryptography is handled by the OpenSSL library, and all of the IP tunneling functionality is provided through the TUN/TAP virtual network driver.

The benefits of this modularity can be seen, for example, in the way that OpenVPN can be dynamically linked with a new version of the OpenSSL library and immediately have access to any new functionality provided in the new release.

STABILITY

OpenVPN has been rigorously designed and tested to operate robustly on even unreliable networks.

Even if your internet connection goes down for hours, your VPN connection will resume as soon as internet connectivity is re-established.

You could even let your machine go into sleep mode during a VPN session. As soon as the machine wakes up again, your VPN session will resume.

STABILITY

Here is some more technical information from the OpenVPN web site:

“A major design goal of OpenVPN is that it should be as responsive, in terms of both normal operations and error recovery, as the underlying IP layer that it is tunneling over. That means that if the IP layer goes down for 5 minutes, when it comes back up, tunnel traffic will immediately resume even if the outage interfered with a dynamic key exchange which was scheduled during that time.“

SCALABLE

OpenVPN is in use by a wide range of organizations, from a handful of users to hundreds or even thousands of users.

Using the ArrowDot appliance, the average desktop PC, will be able to host dozens of concurrent connections.

You could for example start by placing the appliance onto any existing desktop PC that can be left running. Should your VPN traffic grow to the point where more processing power is needed, the device can simply be moved to an incrementally more powerful PC.

CROSS-PLATFORM

OpenVPN supports most operating systems in the known computing universe, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, the three BSDs, and Solaris.

OpenVPN's user-space implementation allows portability across operating systems and processor architectures, firewall and NAT-friendly operation, dynamic address support, and multiple protocol support including protocol bridging.

COMING SOON

We are in the process of developing a document management and version control appliance. For more information, please contact us at

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"up and running in minutes"

    

"the license cost is attractive: none"


"download and be up and running in minutes"

    

"no technical experience needed"

"download the appliance and get started"

"no physical hardware to purchase or deliver"

"get your fully functioning VPN for free"

"costs less than 10% of equivalent proprietary alternatives"

"no changes to your firewall or gateway"

"no new hardware"

"best open source VPN for 2007 by InfoWorld"

"OpenVPN simply outshines its competition"

"same security as your internet banking sessions"

"OpenVPN uses an industrial-strength security model designed to protect against both passive and active attacks"

"All of the cryptography is handled by the OpenSSL library, and all of the IP tunneling functionality is provided through the TUN/TAP virtual network driver."

"even if your internet connection goes down for hours, your VPN connection will resume as soon as internet connectivity is re-established"

"if the IP layer goes down, when it comes back up, tunnel traffic will immediately resume"

"the average desktop PC able to host dozens of concurrent connections"

"OpenVPN is scalable to thousands of users"

"supports most operating systems in the known computing universe"

"supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, the three BSDs, and Solaris"

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Open Source Software, VPN Solution