We currently use both Frame relay and VPN trought the Internet (also
ISDN and other technology).

The concern with VPN is:
- is it available where you need it
- while most of the time, the respons time is very good, you will
suffer degradation and often nothing can be done (Ex: your ISP is the
victim of a dos attack)
- But once setup, it is as reliable as the internet is.

Denis Robitaille
Directeur services technique TI
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>>> wmcalpine@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 2004-03-05 16:03:49 >>>
I don't know how many frame relay drops you have, where they're
located, 
or whether you need the connection for transaction processing or just 
batch uploads.  We have more than 150 frame drops, most of them in
small 
towns that are not served by any ISP's other than dialup.  They are
used 
for real-timae transaction entry.  Those of us in urban areas tend to 
take broadband-always-on internet access for granted, but our country 
cousins have nowhere near the connectivity options that we do. Also, a

very important part of our operations involves election night vote 
reporting and internet congestion is a real problem following the close

of the polls on election night.  Frame relay is right for us for these

reasons.  Hope this is of some help.



Ed Chabot wrote:

> Our current frame relay contract is up in May and I was wondering if
anyone is using
> other means of remote communication with the AS/400.  I've researched
VPN a bit and
> it sounds like a possibility.  We're not disappointed with our frame
relay service
> I'm just thinking that there has to be a cheaper way to do things and
now's the time
> to check it out.  Any input is appreciated.  Thanks!
> 
> Ed Chabot
> The Marlin Firearms Company
> 100 Kenna Drive
> North Haven, CT 06743
> (203)985-3254
> 
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