As software and hardware advance with each generation, they are also becoming more complicated and interdependent. Particularly in the mobile space, we expect apps with user-friendly GUIs and regular feature updates. We want devices with big, bright screens and enough battery life to get us through a busy day. And we want the experience to be similar, no matter whether we’re using a laptop running Windows or MacOS, a tablet running Android or a smartphone running iOS. That’s no small feat.
I know I’m preaching to the choir, but if we cast our minds back even 10 years to the tipping point of the modern mobile workforce, you’ll probably remember how janky mobile apps were back then. They usually didn’t work well, they certainly didn’t look good and a lot functionality was sorely lacking. Fast forward 10 years and it’s a very different story. With enormous improvements in software coding, APIs, UX development and processing power, mobile app users now enjoy a much better experience.
The Rise and Rise of VPNs
All of this applies to VPNs as well. In the consumer space, “VPN” has become a household word, with rankings appearing from popular publications like PC Magazine and CNET and Mashable. As these sites explain, a VPN allows users to “send and receive data while remaining anonymous and secure online.” A lot of people also use VPNs while traveling so that they can access streaming services like Netflix or manage their mobile banking apps.
One important caveat: There are certain consumer VPNs that should absolutely be avoided. If you browse through a mobile app store you’ll often come across free VPNs. Not all are bad, but some of them track and log your data so that they can monetize what you do online. For that reason alone, it’s worth paying for a reputable service.
In the age of privacy concerns and data breaches, using a VPN (that doesn’t monetize your data) as a security precaution makes a lot of sense.
If we zoom out now to the enterprise level, deploying a VPN offers many advantages for the mobile workforce and the IT teams that support them. A mobile VPN or software defined perimeter (SDP) can deliver features such as data encryption, data compression and application session persistence. The IT team also gains an incredible amount of visibility and control over what’s happening, via active diagnostics, troubleshooting and analytics as well as powerful policy management tools.
That’s where we come in. NetMotion’s device-agnostic enterprise VPN makes it easy for any organization to securely connect (essentially) any modern phone, tablet or laptop to the available Wi-Fi or cellular network. Better yet, it can be deployed by the IT team and remain completely invisible to the user.
How does NetMotion’s device-agnostic enterprise VPN work?
NetMotion Mobility is a standards-compliant, client/server-based software that securely extends the enterprise network to the mobile environment. This maximizes mobile field worker productivity by maintaining and securing their data connections as they move in and out of wireless coverage areas and roam between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. It’s a highly scalable solution that is easy to deploy and maintain.
When a mobile device suspends operation or moves out of Wi-Fi or cellular network range, Mobility maintains the session. If the mobile device returns to service at a different point on the network or connects from a new location, the Mobility server relays data to the new location. Mobility addresses the problems of slow, unreliable, insecure links over IP-based wireless wide area networks, adding features that include bandwidth optimizations, compression, and encryption.
Better yet, because Mobility optimizes, compresses and encrypts application data, the load on the device is reduced, meaning that workers don’t need an expensive flagship device in order to have excellent performance.
What does it all mean?
For the user, this means fast, simple and reliable connectivity to the apps they need, on any device they use.
For the organization, this means greater employee productivity, fewer trouble tickets and greater data security.