Splashtop Expands Mobile Computing Options for IT

    Most IT organizations are reconciled to the fact that managing mobile computing deployments is the next big challenge. The issue is finding a way to not only accomplish that goal on their own terms, but also in a way that doesn’t break the bank.

    Trying to address that issue, Splashtop recently moved to make its Splashtop Enterprise with SplashApp technology available as an application that IT organizations can deploy on a private cloud or the public cloud of their choosing.

    According to Splashtop CEO Mark Lee, while individual mobile computing users have been leveraging Splashtop services in the cloud to individually access their Windows applications via a cloud service, internal IT organizations made it clear they wanted to be able to control for the service to address security and compliance concerns.

    viz20130530-02Fully integrated with Microsoft Active Directory, Lee says Splashtop Enterprise with SplashApp technology can be used to simply and cost-effectively deliver any application to any mobile computing device. In contrast, Lee says offerings from rival vendors can easily wind up taking months to deliver while costing millions of dollars just to deploy.

    Splashtop Enterprise with SplashApp technology takes the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) protocol that Microsoft relies on to deliver terminal services and converts it to a proprietary Splashtop protocol, which can be used to enable everything from touchscreens on mobile computing devices to virtual joysticks for gaming applications.

    And because the application always runs inside the data center, Lee says any concerns associated with data leakage on mobile computing devices are effectively eliminated.

    Best of all, says Lee, the Splashtop approach requires zero coding and zero training in terms of deploying and then learning how to use Windows applications on a mobile computing device.

    Given all the pressure IT organizations are under these days to enable the mobile enterprise, Splashtop is betting that a lot of organizations are looking for the mobile path of least resistance — provided, of course, they can control their own mobile computing destiny.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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