This major VPN is about to get a whole lot speedier

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One of the few downsides to using a VPN (opens in new tab) service is the potential for drops in speed, which can be particularly frustrating if your connection isn’t particularly fast in the first place.

However, VPN platform IPVanish (opens in new tab) is now aiming to address this potential sticking point with a major overhaul to its network of data centers.

According to a blog post (opens in new tab) published by the firm, the latest generation of IPVanish hardware combines AMD Epyc CPUs with Intel XXV710 network cards, delivering 25Gbps of connectivity and a 2.5x improvement in throughput capacity per server network.

For comparison, fellow major player NordVPN recently also announced a significant server network upgrade (opens in new tab) that could deliver speeds of 10Gbps, markedly slower than the reported speeds of its rival.

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The new IPVanish hardware was rolled out to a selection of its data centers over the course of 2020, but the firm is now ready to double down on its efforts.

“IPVanish is thrilled to enter 2021 delivering an improved network, and we’re not stopping there,” said Wayne MacLaurin, SVP Technology at IPVanish.

“This year, further developments are planned as IPVanish continually elevates performance of our network and evolves our infrastructure to meet the demands of our customers.”

MacLaurin also confirmed that WireGuard (opens in new tab) will roll out across the IPVanish network over the next few months, which should result in additional performance gains for end users.

WireGuard is a much “lighter” protocol, designed to offer the same levels of encryption at greater speeds, and has emerged as a viable alternative to more taxing OpenVPN (opens in new tab) and IPsec protocols.

Other VPN providers have steered clear, however, sceptical of WireGuard’s ability to deliver equivalent levels of protection.

As ever, selecting the right VPN is about prioritising the features most important to you (e.g. speed, encryption, breadth of server network etc.). If speed is your number one concern, though, it appears you won’t be short of options in 2021.

Joel Khalili
News and Features Editor

Joel Khalili is the News and Features Editor at TechRadar Pro, covering cybersecurity, data privacy, cloud, AI, blockchain, internet infrastructure, 5G, data storage and computing. He's responsible for curating our news content, as well as commissioning and producing features on the technologies that are transforming the way the world does business.