VHC is definitely getting mentioned in a lot of articles since I began following the company...for better or worse. It is unfortunate that the "writers" continue referring to VHC as a patent troll but is typical of most analysts or journalists who simply parrot other articles instead of looking objectively at the situation.
Why not just post the article? Here's part 1
Patent Lawsuit Against Apple Forces Enterprises to Scramble Over iOS VPN Functionality
By Steve Ragan on April 10, 2013
Patent Lawsuit Against Apple Forces Change in iOS VPN On Demand Functionality - Enterprises and Vendors Scramble
Next to Android, Apple’s iOS is the most widely used mobile operating system in the world. Enterprises and SMBs rely (sometimes with little choice otherwise) on it to enable employees to work anywhere at anytime. A recent lawsuit against Apple has forced the tech giant to alter the way iOS handles VPN traffic, and will be changing the behavior of the “VPN On Demand” function for iOS devices using iOS 6.1 and later. As a result, enterprises and security vendors are going have to scramble in order to find scalable solutions.
The lawsuit against Apple made headlines because it was focused on FaceTime. The court case happened because VirnetX, a patent troll in Nevada that has already won similar cases against Microsoft and who recently filed for a new trial against Cisco, claimed that Apple was abusing its intellectual property. However, other aspects of that lawsuit addressed the On Demand VPN features that were shipped with iOS.
iOS VPN Settings ScreenshotIts VPN was one of the key features that enabled Apple to establish itself in the corporate network, and so iPhones and iPads were instantly added as a new endpoint for better or for worse.
These days, mobile is the hot topic in the business world because these devices offer fast access to data and other information. These always on, Internet ready assets have been proven to increase productivity, as they allow people to share resources and information faster. Forms stored and processed on a phone can close sales quicker, product data is shared in real-time during a client briefing, and business contacts are available at the touch of a button, thanks to cloud-based applications.