VPN vs. Mobile VPN – Difference Between VPN Technologies

What is a VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) is a private data network that makes use of a public network (e.g. the Internet), maintaining privacy through the use of a tunneling protocol and security procedures.

What is a VPN?

A virtual private network (VPN) is a network designed to secure remote network access. It extends the reach of LANs by using a public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, and does not require any owned or leased private lines. Companies use VPNs to provide telecommuting employees and branch offices with secure access to the corporate network and applications on internal servers.

Traditional VPNs, based on IPsec and SSL, provide a high level of security when properly configured and used. They use authentication and encryption technologies to protect networks from unauthorized users and to secure data transmissions to and from devices. These VPNs work well for fixed remote access but do not handle the challenges of wireless communication and mobile devices well. These challenges include coverage gaps, inter-network roaming, bandwidth, battery life, and limited memory and processing power.

What is a Mobile VPN?

A mobile VPN provides the same level of security as the traditional wired VPN solution but it is optimized for the challenges of the wireless world. It provides session persistence and seamless roaming to create a reliable and seamless user experience when devices switch networks or move out of coverage. Advanced data compression increases the throughput and also provides significantly better performance in wireless networks with small bandwidth compared to a traditional VPN. Additionally, a true mobile VPN has a much smaller memory footprint and uses less processing power than a traditional VPN, enabling applications to run faster while the battery lasts longer.

Why a Mobile VPN?

Traditional VPNs are designed for fixed networks characterized by high bandwidth and low delay and jitter, where data loss mainly occurs due to congestion. When wired VPN technology is applied to wireless devices, users experience slower speeds, data loss, and multiple log-in attempts due to connectivity problems when the device roams, loses coverage, or hibernates to save battery power.

If your company’s employees use wireless networks to connect to the corporate network from the road, mobile VPNs offer a best practice for remote access. They provide a “wirelike” experience with persistent and seamless access to applications as users move around and access different network types. The mobile VPN both increases user satisfaction and productivity and reduces cost for helpdesk and support issues caused by connectivity problems.

Columbitech Mobile VPN

Columbitech Mobile VPN is the only truely FIPS 140-2 certified mobile VPN that combines secure and persistent wireless access. It is based on the wireless TLS protocol and optimized for wireless networks and mobile devices.

  • Delivers military-grade security with strong multifactor authentication and up to 256-bit AES encryption.
  • Is validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is FIPS 140-2 certified.
  • Increases productivity thanks to session persistence and seamless roaming with no need to re-authenticate or restart the application after lost signal, change of network type, or hibernation mode.
  • Supports simultaneous voice and data applications over 3G networks.
  • Offers up to 100 percent increased throughput compared to SSL and IP Sec VPN.
  • Requires much less memory footprint (from 70 kB) compared to other VPNs.
  • Extends battery life thanks to minimal CPU usage, which is critical in mobile applications.
  • Is implemented at the session layer and remains totally transparent to both application and user.
  • Is completely software based and does not require any additional hardware investment.
  • Scales to up to 100,000-plus clients with multiple servers.
  • Offers centralized policy management and cost control on the user or group level.