Point-to-Point Tunnel w/ Internet Bypass
In service since 2002.
The customer has locations that are close to Morton Plant
and Mease Countryside hospitals in Clearwater.
Customer ordered Internet access T1 at each location. We
terminated the T1s with Netopia routers. We installed Redcreek
(now SonicWall) VPN encrypters/routers and setup a secure VPN between
their local networks.
Each location's Internet is accessed independently
of the other. Internet traffic does not flow through the tunnel.
(1) Takes advantage of relatively cheap Internet T1 facilities.
(2) Takes advantage of T1 fast service restoral times.
(3) Allows some autonomy and control at each location.
(4) Triple-DES encryption ensures HIPAA compliance, even today!