Community Project Overview
OpenVPN is a full-featured open source SSL VPN solution that accommodates a wide range of configurations, including remote access, site-to-site VPNs, Wi-Fi security, and enterprise-scale remote access solutions with load balancing, failover, and fine-grained access-controls. Starting with the fundamental premise that complexity is the enemy of security, OpenVPN offers a cost-effective, lightweight alternative to other VPN technologies that is well-targeted for the SME and enterprise markets.
OpenVPN combines security with ease-of-use
OpenVPN's lightweight design sheds many of the complexities that characterize other VPN implementations. The OpenVPN security model is based on SSL, the industry standard for secure communications via the internet. OpenVPN implements OSI layer 2 or 3 secure network extension using the SSL/TLS protocol, supports flexible client authentication methods based on certificates, smart cards, and/or 2-factor authentication, and allows user or group-specific access control policies using firewall rules applied to the VPN virtual interface. OpenVPN is not a web application proxy and does not operate through a web browser.
OpenVPN Community Editition and Access Server Edition
OpenVPN Technologies, Inc. is committed to both OpenVPN community edition and access server edition and is working on a full range of services and products to meet your specific needs. The community version of the software is developed openly and transparently in community-driven fashion.
For a good conceptual introduction to OpenVPN, see the program notes for James Yonan's talk at Linux Fest Northwest 2004 -- Understanding the User-Space VPN: History, Conceptual Foundations, and Practical Usage.
You may also wish to read OpenVPN and the SSL VPN Revolution by Charlie Hosner
OpenVPN runs on:
OpenVPN runs on Linux, Windows XP/Vista/7 and higher, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.