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OpenVPN Access Server is #6 ranked solution in top Enterprise Infrastructure VPN tools. IT Central Station users give OpenVPN Access Server an average rating of 8 out of 10. OpenVPN Access Server is most commonly compared to Fortinet FortiClient:OpenVPN Access Server vs Fortinet FortiClient. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 38% of all views.
What is OpenVPN Access Server?

OpenVPN is an open-source software application that implements virtual private network techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities.

OpenVPN Access Server was previously known as OpenVPN.

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  • "It is an open-source solution, so we don't pay for anything."

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Suresh Kotian
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
Easy to set up and use, offers multi-factor authentication, and technical support is good

Pros and Cons

  • "There is support for multi-factor authentication."
  • "The security needs to be improved because it was a complaint that our customers had."

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and the OpenVPN Access Server was one of the products that we used for our customers. It is used to create remote desktop connections into the cloud network, where people who are working from home can share resources with people in the office. When people are working in an office then they have a local network, and OpenVPN expands the network for use externally.

We are no longer using this solution because of complaints raised by our customers about security vulnerabilities. The server is now shut down.

How has it helped my organization?

This server allows you to connect to a network that does not have any public IP addresses. You first dial-up the OpenVPN to get onto the network, then directly use the private IP for the local device. Once the connection is made, we can do development work, maintenance, or whatever is required.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the remote connection capability.

It is easy to use.

There is support for multi-factor authentication.

What needs improvement?

We would like to be able to access the parts of the network that belong to other virtual LANs, which is not currently possible. For example, if an organization has different VLANs for sales, developers, and production, then we can only connect and view one of these segments. If you can access sales then you will have visibility of that particular subnet and not be able to see the developer VLAN resources.

The security needs to be improved because it was a complaint that our customers had. I'm not sure exactly what the specific issue is, other than they told us that it was not compliant with their organizational policies.

It is not possible to scale this solution horizontally, which is something that should be improved. They could allow multiple instances to run in different zones, synchronizing with each using a round-robin scheduler.

It would be great if they added intrusion prevention and detection (IPS/IDS) features. If they had these then there would be less need to use other products, such as firewalls. It would allow everything to run under one umbrella with centralized control.

For how long have I used the solution?

We were using OpenVPN for about one year and we migrated away from it about three months ago.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Horizontally, this solution is definitely not scalable. Vertically, it is possible but there will be some downtime. Scaling requires that we stop the server, upscale it, select a different instance, and then restart it. The downtime is approximately five minutes.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been in contact with technical support and the experience was good. They have knowledgeable people.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have migrated to Fortinet because of security vulnerabilities.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy. Once we go to the marketplace for the license, we can install and start using it. This involves selecting an image, then selecting a VM, and deploying on that. You then install the certificate and create the users. Creating users is also easy to do.

 One person is enough for this task and it will take between 15 and 30 minutes to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team deploys OpenVPN for our customers. After the deployment is complete, users will log in, download their profile, and then they can connect.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before migrating to Fortinet, we looked at other vendors including Cisco. We found that based on the sizing we needed, the pricing of Cisco AnyConnect was not as competitive.

Personally, I have not found any differences between these products that affect what I need to do.

What other advice do I have?

Personally, I like this product and our decision to shut down the server is in response to decisions made by our customers. I have not found any issues with it, myself.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MO
Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
Is open source and stable, but the scalability could be better

What is our primary use case?

We've been using OpenVPN Access Server for node accessing.

What is most valuable?

For us, it's important that OpenVPN Access Server is cheap and that we get to use it ourselves. It is also a stable solution.

What needs improvement?

The scalability of the solution could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for nine years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is not scalable. We have 20 people who use this solution. Most of them are developers, one is a system admin person, and one is a DevOps person.

How was the initial setup?

I'm the CEO of the company, and there is a technical team that takes care of…

What is our primary use case?

We've been using OpenVPN Access Server for node accessing.

What is most valuable?

For us, it's important that OpenVPN Access Server is cheap and that we get to use it ourselves. It is also a stable solution.

What needs improvement?

The scalability of the solution could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for nine years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is not scalable. We have 20 people who use this solution. Most of them are developers, one is a system admin person, and one is a DevOps person.

How was the initial setup?

I'm the CEO of the company, and there is a technical team that takes care of the installation. As far as I know, it was straightforward and easy enough for them. I think it took a day to install it.

What about the implementation team?

We have internal staff who implemented it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is an open-source solution, so we don't pay for anything.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate OpenVPN Access Server at seven.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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PB
Enterprise AWS Cloud Architect / Owner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Very easy to set up users, but needs simpler high availability deployment and support for additional protocols

What is most valuable?

It was very easy to set up users.

What needs improvement?

The high availability deployment is not very straightforward. They can make it simpler.  OpenVPN does not support some of the additional protocols that Pulse Secure and Cisco AnyConnect support. They can include support for these additional protocols.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for close to a year. I set it up and configured it. I also supported it from time to time and documented standard operating procedures because there were other people who were going to maintain it and operate it. We have about 15 users of this solution.

How was the initial setup?

It was not very complicated. I did it for the first time, and for somebody who was doing it for the…

What is most valuable?

It was very easy to set up users.

What needs improvement?

The high availability deployment is not very straightforward. They can make it simpler. 

OpenVPN does not support some of the additional protocols that Pulse Secure and Cisco AnyConnect support. They can include support for these additional protocols.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for close to a year. I set it up and configured it. I also supported it from time to time and documented standard operating procedures because there were other people who were going to maintain it and operate it. We have about 15 users of this solution.

How was the initial setup?

It was not very complicated. I did it for the first time, and for somebody who was doing it for the first time, it was okay. I could do it.

What other advice do I have?

It is important to document the steps so that if one person is not available, another person can continue the work. 

I would rate OpenVPN Access Server a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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