First, I'm new to VPN so if my concepts are wrong. Please help me understand what's going on here.
We need an environment to build distributed client-server software among 10 subcontractors.
We recently decided we needed a project VPN for 10 remote sites. (each in seperate corporations) Our corporate IT department put together a proposal to use 10 Connectivity "VPN in a box" and a "Conitivity 600" as a central server.
The Conitivity 600 would sit on our corporate DMZ. Total price including Labor, Licencing, and SLAs is approx: $24K.
Long story short, my boss throws a fit. He's unwilling to spend $24K. I'm supposed to find a less expensive solution?
What's available? What's best for our situation? What will allow our developers adequate flexibility?
1. OpenVPN? a. How would it work through corporate firewalls? b. What else besides all opening Ports 1140 on UDP and we installed OPenVPN on a server?
3. I recall at one time Genuity had a product called "Managed VPN" where we all install client software and they handle the rest. Do products like this still exists? Worth it? Who provides?