Only days ago, Splashtop came out and announced a new business product for today's mobile workforce. As the consumerization of IT takes hold, Splashtop is going at things head on with its remote access solutions. I was able to catch up with Cliff Miller, Splashtop's CMO, to find out more about what the company is up to and understand more about this new business product they just launched.
VMblog: For VMblog readers who may not yet be familiar with your company or product, can you tell us a little about
Cliff Miller: Since Splashtop launched its remote desktop app two
years ago, the company has quickly become a worldwide leader in cross-device
computing, offering a best-in-class remote desktop experience. Splashtop's
technology bridges the gap between tablets, phones and computers, and provides
consumer and business users with high-performance, secure, interactive access to
their favorite applications, media content and files anytime and anywhere. More
than 10 million people have downloaded Splashtop products, making it a
top-selling app on Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore for Android,
Nook Apps, Blackberry App World, HP App Catalog and Lenovo App
Shop.VMblog: Your company recently launched Splashtop for Business. Can you tell
us what it is and how businesses are using it?
Miller: Splashtop for Business launched on Oct. 31, 2012
and is offering IT departments an easy-to-deploy, on-premise solution to address
the growing use of mobile devices in the work place by combining industry
leading high performance and an intuitive user interface with a management
console. It is the perfect bridge for users to access their data and programs no
matter where they are or what mobile devices they are using.
With its broad device support, Splashtop for Business allows
IT departments the ability to establish more efficient mobility strategies to
lower their IT costs and increase the productivity and overall satisfaction of
An active and vocal portion of our 10 million customers have
been asking for a business-ready version of Splashtop. Splashtop for Business
extends employees' productivity beyond the office and gives businesses peace of
mind with a secure, high-performance remote desktop solution.
VMblog: What security features are in
Miller: Splashtop for Business offers a secure management
console that is installed behind the corporate firewall onto an on-premise
server. Data traffic is managed with SSL/AES encryption with signed
certificates, and an audit trail with detailed connection records.
VMblog: And what technology trends are
driving the need for Splashtop for Business?
Miller: Bring Your Own Device
(BYOD) and the consumerization of IT are both driving the need for a solution to
help today's mobile users access their data and applications from work, home and
play. The mobile workforce wants a solution that provides them with the same
user experience, regardless of device, while IT is looking for a solution that
meets their management needs, including security, ease, cost-effectiveness, and
more. Splashtop for Businesses addresses both the needs of the mobile workforce
and the needs of IT.
VMblog: Can you tell us what the response has been from users who have signed up for
the early access program?
Miller: A preview version of Splashtop for Business has
been offered to prospective users since early August and in just a few months,
thousands of businesses joined the program. Some of the feedback we have heard
is that Splashtop for Business is allowing employees the flexibility to safely
access their computers, while improving efficiency and reducing operating costs.
Along with BYOD and work from home solutions, companies
participating in the early access program have been using it to meet a variety
of needs, including mobile VPN replacement, IT remote support solution, a mobile
interactive whiteboard and sharing resources among employees.
Splashtop for Business is also providing companies with a
high-performance alternative to RDP, VNC, and Citrix, high performance 3D and
CAD/CAM remote mobile solution, "tabletization" of MS Office software and legacy
corporate software, and "last mile" extension for VDI and RDP
VMblog: What are some of the key features of Splashtop for
Business that we should be aware of?
Miller: Along with allowing employees to remotely access
office productivity applications and data from their mobile devices as if they
were in front of their computers, Splashtop for Business offers many features to
make the mobile workforce strong. Some of the key features are its on-premise
server, pooling of physical or virtual PCs, Active Directory integration, and
its self-optimizing network. Customer satisfaction has been high due to the
fact that the user interface is intuitive and the software can be deployed
quickly and easily.
Once again, I'd like to thank Cliff Miller, President, Asia Pacific & Chief Marketing Officer of Splashtop for taking time out to speak with VMblog.