My beliefs are, with stability and technology today, as well as costs, VPNs
are the best way to go as a primary and then having a dial back up for
emergency reasons.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Silvers" <msilvers@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Midrange Systems Technical Discussion" <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2004 3:15 PM
Subject: Re: Direct remote access vs over the internet


> There is value in the ability to dial in to the 400.  When you depend on
the
> internet, you are depending on the ISP and his backbone services.
Depending
> on the ISP, you could be going through several smaller services with
limited
> or no redundancy for their services, so, if any of those points fail, you
> would not have access.  If you have the dial in access, you are only
> dependent on the phone services.  the phone services tend to be more
stable
> than some ISP's.
>
> To dial in, you can use several different methods.  It depends on your
> network architecture.  It can be anything from ppp connections to the 400
> itself, RAS servers on other machines, to a dial in to the Cisco router
> itself.  You can not dial in to a Cisco Pix.
>
> I work via the internet (Client Access SSL) extensively.  I work probably
50
> hours per week using this connectivity.  We have both a RAS server setup
on
> a Win2K machine as well as a ppp connection on the 400.  I use both in the
> event of internet failure.
>
> As far as security.....  I believe that the SSL encryption is secure
enough
> for our applications.  A dial in line is definitely mo0re secure, but it
> will get quite expensive per connection as you add more connections to the
> network.
>
> Hope this helps..
>
> Mike Silvers
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jeff Crosby" <jlcrosby@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: "'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'" <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2004 7:35 AM
> Subject: Direct remote access vs over the internet
>
>
> > Our old Axcess/400 protocol converter finally gave up the ghost
yesterday.
> > RIP.
> >
> > We have a VPN whereby we can dial in and get a sign on screen remotely
> over
> > the internet using Mochasoft or Client Access (oops, I mean iSeries
> Access).
> >
> > My question is:  Is there still value in being able to dial in directly
> > bypassing the internet?  I.E. if you ain't calling in over the public
> > internet, you can't be sniffed.  Do some of you still do that?  I
ass-u-me
> > that with a Cisco PIX and router it could be done here.  The phone
> > extensions are still available.
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> > -- 
> > Jeff Crosby
> > Dilgard Frozen Foods, Inc.
> > P.O. Box 13369
> > Ft. Wayne, IN 46868-3369
> > 260-422-7531
> >
> > The opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily the opinion of my
> > company.  Unless I say so.
> >
> >
> >
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