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Remote access server

(also RAS)

Remote access server definition

A remote access server is a type of server that allows users to connect to a network from a remote location. Remote access servers are commonly used to provide remote employees with access to a company's internal network and resources or to allow users to connect to a private network from a public internet connection.

Remote access servers allow users to access network resources and applications as if they were physically present at the location of the network. When connected, remote workers can fully use their office devices: access their desktops, data applications, printers, etc.

Remote access servers are typically secured with passwords or even two-factor authentication to ensure that only authorized users can connect to the network. They may also be configured to use encryption to secure the data transmitted between the remote device and the network.

The benefits of using remote access servers in an organization

  • Increased productivity. Employees can work from anywhere, allowing them to be more flexible with their work schedule.
  • Cost savings. Remote access servers can help reduce costs associated with maintaining a physical office space, such as utilities and rent.
  • Improved security. Having a secure way to access a network and its resources helps protect it from unauthorized access and cyber threats.
  • Better collaboration. Using remote access servers can make communication and collaboration among team members smoother, even if they are located in different parts of the world.