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Comcast Business will use the Cisco Meraki VPN platform to enhance its support for remote work forces, the service provider said today.

The new offering — Comcast Business Teleworker VPN with Cisco Meraki – is described as “an enterprise-class, cloud-native platform” that can be paired with Comcast Business’s Managed VPN Aggregation service. The combination provides an enterprise-grade VPN gateway at business locations or hosted in Comcast’s Secure Gateway Service centers, Comcast said in a press release.

This infrastructure is paired with remote all-in-one devices to provide cloud security and wired and wireless connectivity options at employees’ homes. All devices are linked to the corporate network and managed on the Cisco Meraki cloud.

The Comcast Business Teleworker VPN is a centrally managed remote access VPN that aims to provide the same corporate network experience and service as employees have in the office. Such initiatives have grown and gained importance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The addition of Cisco Meraki enhances the platform’s overall functionality, Comcast said. Now, management and optimization are centralized and simplified, which is an advantage to IT departments. Other advantages are the availability of policy-based access controls and traffic segmentation, consistent experience between home and office and the ability to add 4G LTE backup to provide business continuity to remote locations.

”When combined with our Teleworker Broadband solution, the Comcast Business Teleworker VPN solution with Cisco Meraki allows enterprises to gain peace of mind while providing their employees with a secure, independent Internet connection that does not interfere or compete with their at-home Internet – freeing up home bandwidth for remote learning, entertainment and more,” Amit Verma, Comcast Business’s Vice President of Solution Engineering and Technology, said in the press release.

The Comcast Business Teleworker VPN was introduced in October 2020 as a complement to the company’s Teleworker Broadband solution. It is built on the Aruba ESP, which is an enterprise-class, cloud-native platform.

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