Access Point and generic VPN solutions are similar as they both ensure that traffic is forwarded to an internal network only on behalf of strongly authenticated users.

Access Point advantages over generic VPN include the following.

  • Access Control Manager. Access Point applies access rules automatically. Access Point recognizes the entitlements of the users and the addressing required to connect internally, which can change quickly. A VPN does the same, because most VPNs allow an administrator to configure network connection rules for every user or group of users individually. At first, this works well with a VPN, but requires significant administrative effort to maintain the required rules.

  • User Interface. Access Point does not alter the straightforward Horizon Client user interface. With Access Point, when the Horizon Client is launched, authenticated users are in their View environment and have controlled access to their desktops and applications. A VPN requires that you must set up the VPN software first and authenticate separately before launching the Horizon Client.

  • Performance. Access Point is designed to maximize security and performance. With Access Point, PCoIP, HTML access, and WebSocket protocols are secured without requiring additional encapsulation. VPNs are implemented as SSL VPNs. This implementation meets security requirements and with Transport Layer Security (TLS) enabled, are considered secure, but the underlying protocol with SSL/TLS is just TCP-based. With modern video remoting protocols exploiting connectionless UDPbased transports, the performance benefits can be significantly eroded when forced over a TCP-based transport. This does not apply to all VPN technologies, as those that can also operate with DTLS or IPsec instead of SSL/TLS can work well with View desktop protocols.