Security for end-user devices has always required some kind of way of getting information from the device and to a console or central hub where action can be taken. There’s no use scanning a device and finding malware if there’s no ability to escalate that insight. Vectoring technologies are required.

That’s why most security and data management vendors have turned to Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to relay findings to a location where incidents can be managed and dealt with by admins.

The VPN debate

For the uninitiated about VPNs, the best analogy of it is a private tunnel, encrypting and transferring all mobile data from the device to the server and back again.
VPNs are known to be extremely secure. The problem with them, however, is that only so much data can fit through the tunnel at one time. Additionally, having every single mobile request sent through a VPN connection is not an easy feat. It weighs heavily on the device, taking up valuable processing power, which means battery life tends to suffer accordingly.
Now if you were to search the internet for the effect of VPN data vectoring on device battery life, you’d see thousands of articles debating the truth of this statement. In an effort to confirm our suspicions, here at Wandera, we decided to perform our own experiment to test the theory.

The experiment

The test, performed by our technical engineering team, involved making repeated, automated requests to a website every 30 seconds on the same device. All things were made equal with the exception of the different vectoring approaches.
Specifically, we compared Wandera’s vectoring technologies to that of a legacy VPN, much like those employed by a number of our competitors. The battery levels of the device were automatically logged at the same time intervals along the way.
Vectoring technologies
The graph above shows the significant impact of using traditional VPN routing compared to Wandera’s vectoring technologies. The battery of the device using the traditional VPN to route traffic was drained after 2.5 hours, while the device using Wandera’s vectoring technologies, at that same point in time, hovered at 30% battery.
When making an investment in mobile security and Data Management for your business, it’s important to maintain your employees’ productivity. A solution that’s going to drain battery and processing power quickly isn’t in your company’s best interests.

What makes Wandera’s vectoring technologies different?

As you’ve no doubt realized by now, Wandera’s vectoring technologies are superior to legacy VPN vectoring when it comes to minimizing the battery drain on corporate devices, but the benefits unique to our solution don’t end there.
Another point of differentiation comes from our advanced routing technologies’ ability to quickly and easily adapt to unique enterprise scenarios. We understand that flexibility is key when it comes to handling the complexities that are prevalent in today’s corporate architectures.
For instance, on some enterprise Wi-Fi networks, certain resources (such as corporate services) are only available to local devices and not to those on the internet. Additionally, there are situations in which certain cloud or carrier services need to be connected directly from the end-users device, not via Wandera.
Vectoring technologies
Wandera’s blend of advanced vectoring options enables you to define the routes, domains, and services that should or should not route via Wandera. If a certain website or corporate app needs direct access to the network, an administrator can simply customize the solution to enable this using our RADAR portal.
Additionally, our technologies have the ability to work over-the-top of existing corporate VPN connections. This is a rarity as a common barrier to deploying the majority of enterprise mobile security solutions is that two VPNs cannot co-exist within one corporate network.
Wandera’s ability to bypass this caveat enables maximum coverage of device network traffic, without touching the traffic destined to your corporate intranet through VPN.

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With Wandera, your businesses’ mobile fleet can continue to operate at full capacity with the added benefit of full protection and data usage control.
For more information on the benefits Wandera can bring to your mobile fleet, get in touch for a pressure-free demonstration of the solution. You’ll be glad you did.
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