OpenVPN is an open-source software that implements virtual private network (VPN) techniques to create secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities. It uses a custom security protocol that utilizes SSL/TLS for key exchange.
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Access Server is compatible with these 64-bit Linux operating systems:
Ubuntu *22.04 LTS (x86_64 and ARM64) and 20.04 LTS (x86_64 and ARM64)
Debian 10, 11, and 12
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, 8, and 9
Amazon Linux 2
Here are more detailed system requirements for OpenVPN.
OpenVPN is a versatile and widely used open-source software that provides a secure, reliable, and flexible virtual private network (VPN) solution. Common use cases for OpenVPN include:
Remote access VPN, site-to-site VPN, secure communication for IoT devices, anonymous browsing, accessing geo-restricted content, securing public Wi-Fi connections, file sharing and collaboration, gaming and streaming, security for mobile devices, network security for small businesses, and custom VPN solutions.
There are several popular alternatives to OpenVPN, each with its own set of features, security protocols, and use cases. Here are some well-known alternatives:
L2TP/IPsec (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPsec)
PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol)
Shrew Soft VPN Client
While OpenVPN falls under the umbrella of VPN solutions, it does differ from other options in several key ways. Here’s a breakdown of its unique characteristics:
Open-source and customizable: Unlike many commercial VPNs, OpenVPN is open-source software, meaning its code is publicly available and can be freely modified and adapted. This offers greater transparency and allows users to tailor the software to their specific needs.
Focus on security and flexibility: OpenVPN utilizes robust encryption protocols and supports various authentication methods.
Lightweight and efficient: OpenVPN has a relatively small footprint and consumes minimal system resources, making it well-suited for resource-constrained devices or environments.
Extensive platform support: OpenVPN boasts wider platform compatibility than many other options, running on diverse operating systems like Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and even embedded devices.
Requires manual configuration: Setting up OpenVPN can be more complex than using commercial VPNs with user-friendly interfaces.
Here’s why Kamatera stands out as the most compelling option for OpenVPN hosting:
Cutting-edge hardware: Kamatera leverages Intel Xeon Platinum processors and NVMe SSD storage, guaranteeing exceptional performance for your solution.
Global network reach: With 18 data centers strategically located across four continents, Kamatera provides low-latency access to your server, regardless of your users’ geographical locations. This minimizes lag and ensures consistent performance for geographically distributed teams.
Elastic infrastructure: Kamatera’s infrastructure seamlessly scales to accommodate your growing needs. You can easily add or remove resources on-demand, without downtime or performance bottlenecks.