|Why Remote Access?
Remote access is becoming even more
important in the present than it was in the past. As users get
more and more comfortable using their computers and other technologies
they often start to want or need to maintain access to particular
capabilities from remote locations.
Some of the most popular reasons for developing remote access are in the following list.
As organizations grow they need to open offices in multiple locations. It can be very important to have these offices be able to connect to a core location in order to keep up on particular information. When the need for these sorts of connections is infrequent, then dial up connections are likely to be sufficient. A networked computer can be set up at the core location to act as the dial up server.
Unfortunately, for many employees, after work hours still require access to organization computer resources. With a remote access connection a user can connect to the organization's resources. If they make use of terminal services they can even work from the same desktop they use during regular hours. This way remaining work can be dealt with using applications that the user doesn't have on their home computer.
Telecommuting affords some individuals the opportunity to work certain hours at home. These users are most likely to make use of things such as e-mail, live chat and maybe audio and/or video conferencing to maintain contact.
Employees that telecommute can save travel time, certain dress restrictions, transportation costs in theirs as well as the organization's money. Dial up access is the likeliest implementation. This can be done through access servers or through an Internet connection after the telecommuter has connected to an ISP. This style of ISP connection can be enhanced further by making use of VPN for increased security during the access.
All of these sorts of efforts require the organization to have extra technical capabilities.
Mobile users, such as recruiters and salespeople, are likely to spend a great deal of time on the road. Providing ways for them to access organization resources can have a very significant impact of the organization's performance. The approaches for gaining and providing access aren't likely to be much different than for other motivations for remote access.
Guest type accounts may be essential for providing access to partners or clients. This can also be done through an extranet.
How It Works. There are a fairly large number of approaches to implementing remote access.
Within these a user and organization can make use of VPN - Virtual Private Networking to establish a relatively secure connection.
There are several other issues we need to consider such as the following.