In computer science, persistence generally refers to the characteristic of a state that outlives the process that created it. More specifically, application persistence refers to the ability of a software-based application to continue functioning across disruptions in the networks or processes that are fundamental to its operation.
Application Persistence Defined
Persistence within an application creates a resilience to app disconnects and crashes while preserving critical data.
The Realities of Mobile Working
Modern workers aren’t tethered to a desk but still have to contend with three realities of the networks they need to complete their jobs:
- Roaming between office networks is not always a seamless experience. Moving from docked Ethernet connections to WiFi or cellular can cause a disruption in the connection that requires a restart for applications. These disruptions can even occur onsite, in office buildings where workers move between floors.
- Service from cellular data providers varies with terrain and location and degrades during peak periods. Variability that might be acceptable to a consumer is unacceptable for business users.
- Public hotspots are often unavailable or heavily congested, and even though stationary, they are subject to temporary disruptions in connectivity that can prevent a worker from getting something done while waiting for a flight or stopping over at a coffee shop.
Application Persistence for Enterprise Mobility
Enterprise mobile workers use many different devices, applications and networks, often moving from place to place. Delivering persistence through coverage gaps, areas of weak signal strength, or when users temporarily suspend devices can dramatically improve the end user experience and increase productivity.
Often reported to corporate IT helpdesks as the most interruptive issue, device disconnects while transitioning between cellular, Wi-Fi and wired networks can seriously slow down remote workers. If mission-critical systems take a long time (10+ minutes) to reconnect and reauthenticate, just a handful of disconnects can cost your organization hundreds of hours per year in idle workers. Within large enterprises, a few minutes per person in recovered productivity multiplied out across an entire field service team, for example, can generate hundreds (or even thousands) of hours of additional work.
6 Benefits of Application Persistence
Alongside the benefits to end users, application persistence allows IT teams to:
- Ensure compliance with encryption and standardized application deployment.
- Eliminate blind spots through uninterrupted visibility into any application regardless of device location or network status.
- Ensure optimal threat detection and response.
- Maximize productivity by guaranteeing network access and availability of business-critical applications.
- Ensure application integrity by maintaining health and efficacy
- Increase operational efficiency by relying on automatic, zero-touch, built-in resilience.
NetMotion Mobility Delivers Bulletproof Application Persistence
NetMotion Mobility is an intelligent solution that not only secures connections and data, it enhances and optimizes network connectivity to ensure business-critical applications are always accessible. Mobility insulates applications from the instabilities in networks enabling them to roam seamlessly between Wi-Fi and mobile operator network without user intervention delivering a resilient, “always-on” connectivity experience.
NetMotion also adds a layer of intelligence that is situationally-aware of the connections, devices and applications that a worker is using at any moment. It adjusts for the ever-changing network conditions to ensure mobile workers always get the best use experience from their mobile devices and applications.
At the end of the day, NetMotion delivers application persistence that allows workers to focus on the task at hand, regardless of the state of the underlying network.