Etisalat launches portable network service

A new service launched by Etisalat gives companies the ability to create a low-cost virtual network for users to access their own computers or company networks from anywhere in the world.

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By  Colin Edwards Published  July 17, 2006

A new service launched by Etisalat gives companies the ability to create a low-cost virtual network for users to access their own computers or company networks from anywhere in the world. The ‘DirectAccess Virtual Portable Network’ (daVPN) solution is available for a minimum of three users to a maximum of 100,000 for between UAE DHS 11 to DHS 29 per user a month. The difference in cost between a typical trusted VPN service and Etisalat’s daVPN is about 20-fold, according to Hasan Alkhatib, the founder of IP Dynamics, a US start-up company on whose solution the service is based. Where a VPN for a company with 1,000 seats in the US would cost about $25,000 a year, the sort of service that Etisalat is providing would cost between $1 200 and $3,000. The service, with end-to-end IPSec security, creates a virtual secure network that lets subscribed users access documents, files and applications from wherever in the world via the internet. Various collaboration features ensure members of the network can work together and share documents from remote locations. Abdulla Hashim, assistant general manager, eCompany, Etisalat said: “The daVPN service will help raise efficiency of doing business in the UAE. People can now make virtually anywhere their office by accessing and updating their files, documents and database within or even outside the UAE. Businesses can now cut down on travel bills and hotel expenses too and interact with their foreign clients as if they are sitting in the same office,” Hashim added. The service does not require IT expertise to use nor is the user required to purchase any extra device or equipment. All the user needs to do is download the software from the Etisalat website and choose the PCs, laptops, servers and even printers for the network. Each customer can add any number of users to each individual network without any limit. It takes just a few minutes to create the network. Additionally, the administrator can decide which user will have access rights to which computers and which particular files or applications on that computer. Once users join a daVPN they can run any IP application and can access business applications and databases such as accounting, sales, customer service, CRM and ERP among many others. As part of an introductory offer, users can take a 30-day free trial before they subscribe to the service.

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