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Q&A: Interview with Splashtop, Talking Remote Desktops and Mobile Workforce

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 Splashtop?

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 their workforce.

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 Splashtop?

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 environments.

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.

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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.

Published Friday, November 02, 2012 7:22 AM by David Marshall
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