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How Does NetMotion Mobility Compare To Microsoft DirectAccess?

What is NetMotion Mobility?

NetMotion Mobility optimises and secures all traffic to mobile devices across any network, application or operating system, delivering an unparalleled mobile user experience, increased operational efficiency and end-user productivity.

A mobile VPN – but also so much more

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The highest standard of security – At its core, NetMotion Mobility is a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that is built on a unique architecture. Using NetMotion allows organisations to cut their bandwidth costs and optimise connection use, all whilst delivering a seamless user experience.

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Always connected – NetMotion maintains an always-on access status to business-critical applications even when wireless signals are weak.

Complete control, inside and outside the firewall – NetMotion’s unique architecture enables IT complete control of the entire connection from endpoint to endpoint, regardless of the networks used. This means that organisations have unprecedented visibility and control, even over networks that are not owned by the organisation.

Wireless performance optimisation – A layer of intelligence is added with NetMotion which is situationally aware of the connections, devices, and applications that an employee is using at any given time. It adjusts to ever-changing network conditions to ensure mobile workers always get the best user experience from their mobile devices and applications.

Enabling users – Introducing NetMotion creates an ideal user experience – an always-on environment without compromising on device experience.

How does NetMotion Mobility compare to Microsoft DirectAccess?

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NetMotion Mobility and Microsoft’s DirectAccess are often mentioned in the same sentence, both touted as suitable VPN equivalent technology. The demand for VPN’s is growing, with a quarter of Internet users accessing VPN’s every month. 

Whilst DirectAccess does offer some remote user environments a mobile solution, organisations who are dependent on, or prefer, always-on connectivity may find DirectAccess is poorly suited to enable mobile or remote workers, as well as the IT support team tasked with providing a seamless experience.

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Mobilises apps

There’s nothing more frustrating to users than when network connectivity problems strike – apps seize up and slow down. NetMotion Mobility maintains applications for users when connectivity is lost; once network coverage is regained, applications are seamlessly and automatically reconnected. When in a mobile environment, end-users will experience resilient, always-on access to work applications, and don’t experience any required reconfiguration or updating of applications. Due to its architectural design, DirectAccess is unable to maintain connectivity to applications in the event of a user moving into an area of intermittent or no signal. When re-joining an application, users must re-login, which has a negative impact on the user experience.

By using NetMotion Mobility, users will experience far less downtime and a higher level of connectivity when on the move or out of office. This is key to a productive business, as well as keeping employees happy without the headache 

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Reduces Monthly Data Costs

NetMotion Mobility’s compression technology combined with its intelligent use of network bandwidth results in less data usage per user, ultimately driving down data expenses. DirectAccess is unable to offer the compression capabilities of NetMotion.  

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Eliminates the need for APN architecture

Acting as a VPN, NetMotion removes the need for costly APN architecture. With always-on security, organisations can focus on creating a best-of-breed strategy, with network design that ensures users are automatically connected to the best available and most cost-effective network. This means that businesses have no need for the ongoing cost and maintenance of a private APN.

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Strategies For Business vs. Personal Applications

It can often be difficult to find a balance between restricting and enabling users’ devices. It’s important not to throttle employee’s device use, but ensuring they’re being productive during work hours is a must.

Using NetMotion, IT administrators can develop strategies for business vs personal application access where they see fit. This means that users can be granted the flexibility to use personal apps outside of working hours, or when connected to Wi-Fi if necessary. As a result, productivity is boosted, whilst employees don’t feel majorly restricted when using their mobile devices. Additionally, non-critical applications can be paused in the event of poor bandwidth, ensuring that all available bandwidth is enabled for work-related applications. These functions are all of great benefit to businesses who want to enable users, without a loss in productivity.       

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Keeps workers online, for longer

There’s nothing more frustrating for a user than having to charge their device multiple times a day, carrying around a portable charger or charging cable, alongside the struggle if a battery does die due to poor connectivity, which can result in leaving the user offline and temporarily without a phone.

Through intelligent networking, NetMotion Mobility extends mobile devices battery life. Without Mobility, when faced with poor network conditions and intermittent access, mobile devices will frequently attempt to reconnect, retransmit data acknowledgements and resend application data. These inefficiencies negatively impact battery life as the device strains to regain and maintain connectivity, reopen applications and retransmit data.

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Manages roaming capabilities when users travel

Employees who are travelling will usually connect to mobile operator networks automatically, which may incur roaming fees and tariffs, adding significant expense for the users’ organisation. Only Mobility maintains policy control over devices regardless of where the user roams. Using NetMotion ensures that cost-control measures can be put in place – for example, allowing full access to applications on Wi-Fi but restricting access when on costly mobile operator networks.

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Supports all operating systems

As mobile technology expands and evolves, organisations need flexibility in choice to ensure they are future proofing their mobile deployment. A major concern for IT administrators and users alike is device selection. NetMotion Mobility offers full support for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows operating systems, enabling multi-platform deployments based on users’ preferred devices and/or organisation mandates. In comparison, DirectAccess offers Windows-only support, which forces users to only select from one platform for their mobile devices. This can be severely limiting for many organisations, especially those focused on delivering a BYOD/CYOD/COPE strategy.

Using NetMotion Mobility ensures that an organisation can have full control over what devices they want employees to use – rather than having to compromise due to a limited number of supported operating systems. In the case of DirectAccess, long-time users of Apple devices may have a negative experience if forced to use the Windows-only supported platform.

How can We Help?

NetMotion Mobility is transforming mobile access for both mobile users and the IT team entrusted to manage and support them. Used by over 3,000 of the world’s most respected organisations and over 1,000,000 users worldwide, NetMotion Mobility is the trusted connectivity solution mobile-first organisations depend on every day.

Mobliciti can provide you with NetMotion Mobility, enabling your business whilst reducing unnecessary costs. We can host and run NetMotion Mobility as a service, eliminating the need to put infrastructure into business’ data centres. To find out more, please get in touch.