HVAC Elements Group, founded in 1970, operates three large, independent divisions. They provide customers with a single, integrated solution for HVAC equipment, building automation, and system balancing needs.
About 60% of the HVAC Elements Group workforce is mobile, so a good VPN is essential so that team members have secure access to the information they need to get the job done. In the past, HVAC Elements Group only had a couple of VPN connections that weren’t very cost-effective. They couldn’t distribute connections to the entire workforce, which meant people in the company were relegated to moving sensitive data around via email or exposing different resources on public RDP connections.
HVAC Elements Group switched to OpenVPN Access server for its low cost, ease of manageability, and ease of deployment. The switch has had a dramatic impact on the employees and outside technical staff, allowing them to easily access the information they need to serve their customers.
OpenVPN Access Server provided HVAC Elements Group with a powerful, integrated web interface that allows the company to configure remote access to resources, granular access control, and simplifies the entire installation and configuration process. The automated PKI built-in infrastructure reduces complicated setup procedures and deployment timelines. Access Server also offers a flexible licensing model based on the number of concurrent VPN connections — making it an economical option for businesses of all sizes.
“If you are looking for a VPN solution that is transformative to the way you run business, is easy to manage, easy to deploy, and cost-effective — then OpenVPN is the solution for you.” - Joel Brunick, IT Manager for HVAC Elements Group
By investing in OpenVPN Access Server, HVAC Elements provides a secure remote access solution for its employees, with simple, effective management tools.
“We used to use a modem connection, but it was very slow and had a lot of security and connectivity problems. We needed a better and stronger connection to allow the company to grow.”
The company previously used VPNs associated with their clients firewalls, but found that those solutions were often difficult to configure, and challenging to integrate with other directory services that they wanted to use with their clients.
The company needed to provide secure access over the Public Internet to important internal resources — but the number of employees needing remote access had grown substantially, and their existing process of whitelisting IP addresses was no longer sustainable.
For several years, the company invested in a Windows-based VPN server solution. The solution was not customizable, and it could not be integrated with their Active Directory — which meant there was no easy way to manage the individual users on their team of 200 employees.