Information Technology Services (ITS)

Capacity increase for UTOR VPN service

Published on: April 1, 2020

The capacity of the University of Toronto’s virtual private network (VPN) has been increased to support a greater number of clients and data throughput during this time of increased remote working arrangements.

According to U of T’s virtual private network (VPN) team, within Information Technology Services (ITS), these improvements have increased the throughput to five times its original size. This work was completed by adding additional nodes (point of intersection/connection within a network) in the network’s cluster arrangement.

ITS working tirelessly to meet demand

The VPN team worked tirelessly and for many long hours during the weekend (March 14 and 15) as well during the night of March 17 to help ensure user capacity demands are met. The team tests and troubleshoots changes in a test environment.

What is a VPN?

VPN is a service that encrypts your internet traffic. When VPN service is enabled, it means that all the data you send and receive travels through an encrypted tunnel so that your online private information is protected.

More information

There are three major VPN services run by ITS. For more information, visit the Information Security and Enterprise Architecture website.

Also, check out the ITS Preparedness web page.