VPNs: A Comparison of IP-VPN and Frame Relay Services
by the Frame Relay Forum




Say "VPN" and most people think Internet technology. Generically defined, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a means of transmitting digital information over shared public network infrastructure in which secure and reliable connectivity, management and addressing is equivalent virtually to that of a private network. Despite the recent excitement about IP-VPNs, Layer 2 VPNs have been available since the mid to late 1980s as VPDNs. Current managed frame relay services run mission-critical applications and provide secure, stable predictable and highly manageable solutions. Several market drivers are fueling the euphoria surrounding IP-VPNs. A comparison of IP-VPN and frame relay services in relation to these market drivers may serve to clarify the current situation.



Download paper

Approx. 72 kB


Click here for help with .pdf downloads. 


Return to VPN menu


This article is supplied via special arrangement with our partner, the Frame Relay Forum


Please note: By downloading this information, you acknowledge that the sponsor(s) of this information may contact you, providing that they give you the option of opting out of further communications from them concerning this information.  Also, by your downloading this information, you agree that the information is for your personal use only and that this information may not be retransmitted to others or reposted on another web site.  Please encourage colleagues to download their own copy after registering at http://www.webtorials.com/reg/.