IT executives are always asked to provide more with less, particularly in this challenging economic environment. There is constant pressure to deliver business applications with higher performance (speed and reliability) at a lower cost. For the distributed enterprise, there have typically been two choices for Wide-Area Network (WAN) Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions - broadband VPNs or an MPLS solution. What if there were a new third alternative that offered more performance at a better price point than either of these two approaches? This white paper compares the costs and risks associated with traditional broadband VPN and MPLS approaches, followed by an examination of a new high-availability VPN solution from Hughes.