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Studio Network Solutions Rolls Out New SNS VPN

Remote editing workflows are a necessity for today’s production and post-production environments. The need for rapidly deployable remote access solutions has never been greater. To help creative teams stay connected to their media from everywhere, Studio Network Solutions is introducing a new cloud-hosted VPN service for EVO users: SNS VPN.

What is SNS VPN?

SNS VPN is a cloud-hosted virtual private network (VPN) purpose-built for EVO shared storage servers. It acts as a tunnel through the internet, providing a secure, encrypted connection to the private network where EVO lives, from public internet connection at home, or anywhere.

Whether connected to a public WiFi hotspot in the airport, doing some remote work on the weekend, or editing from home full-time, simply authenticate to the SNS VPN service from any internet connection and users can instantly and securely access their EVO server from anywhere in the world.

With the safe and secure VPN service by SNS, any team has continuous and on-demand remote access to in-studio EVO server from any remote location, so they can access the important projects, media, and advanced workflows they normally use every day. It’s a simple and convenient remote editing solution for production teams working from home, editors on-the-go, and hybrid teams working across multiple locations.

Users can access EVO’s entire suite of workflow tools when connected to the media server remotely. Remote access to ShareBrowser media asset manager lets any team search, tag, comment, and preview EVO’s media files from anywhere. You can also automate backups and file transfers remotely with Slingshot, EVO’s automations engine and API. And most importantly, editors can retrieve their auto-generated proxy files for a simple remote editing workflow with Nomad, EVO’s remote editing utility. All of these software tools are included free with EVO and accessible remotely when connected via SNS VPN.

How Does it Work?

SNS VPN is a cloud-hosted solution, meaning it requires no additional hardware for you to deploy. To get started with a subscription, Studio Network Solutions’ support team will install a small plug-in app onto a user’s EVO through a scheduled remote session. The team will walk users through the basics, and by the end of the session, user’s EVO shared storage server will be fully configured for their team’s new and improved remote editing workflow.

From there, a user’s SNS VPN cloud service can be managed by an administrator through a user-friendly admin dashboard. The dashboard includes convenient tools to manage which users can access the server remotely, usage statistics, and more. The new SNS VPN service is also incredibly useful for production teams that hire freelance editors, as administrators can add and remove users’ remote privileges in real time or on an automated schedule, with ease.

For example, a freelance editor can use SNS VPN to edit a project for their employer one day, then be removed from the approved user pool the next when they no longer need access. There is no per-seat licensing, so users an share their SNS VPN subscription with as many users as necessary!

The most important thing about SNS VPN is that it’s remarkably easy to deploy and use, giving teams hassle-free remote access to the EVO workflow tools they rely on every day.

How Can I Get it?

We’re glad you asked! New and existing EVO customers can purchase SNS VPN through an authorized reseller or from SNS directly. Contact us for more information.

While other remote connection options can be tedious and difficult to set up, SNS VPN can be deployed quickly without major changes to IT infrastructure and firewall — in most cases you won’t have any networking changes to make at all on their end. In fact, SNS VPN has many features designed to make a team’s transition to remote editing as easy as possible. With quick and easy setup, a safe and secure connection, and comprehensive administrative tools, SNS VPN is an ideal remote editing solution for all EVO users.

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