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The Best VDI Alternative for Secure, High-Performing Remote Access

With Splashtop, hundreds of thousands of businesses, schools and government institutions are enjoying high performance, quick-to-deploy remote access to existing Windows, Mac & Linux computers, servers and virtual machines.

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An Affordable, Secure and High Performing Remote Access Solution That Will Effectively Support Your Hybrid Work Needs

On-premises Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is known to be complex and costly to implement, scale, and maintain. Cloud-based DaaS (Desktop as a Service) from Amazon Workspaces, VMware Horizon Cloud, Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) on Azure, and Citrix Managed Desktops have emerged as the on-demand, pay-as-you-go computing platforms.  

However, VDI and DaaS have many shortcomings that are magnified when entire organizations and educational institutions leverage them to continue their business and education remotely. Remote desktop solutions like Splashtop overcome these challenges and are better suited to today’s high performance, security and quick-to-deploy needs. 

From Our Happy Customers

With VDI there’s not enough GPU power. Between that, the lag, the bootup, and the cost, it didn’t work. You can’t run Adobe or (Autodesk) Maya on a VDI. You could do some vector stuff but very little.
Splashtop just works. We have iMac Pros in the labs at school and the students are able to remote in with Chromebooks and everything works for them.

Gary Cendrowski, Director of Technology & Chris Gilbert, Application Technical Analyst, College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, Wayne State University

From Our Happy Customers

Splashtop just works. We have iMac Pros in the labs at school and the students are able to remote in with Chromebooks and everything works for them.

Chris Gilbert, Application Technical Analyst, College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, Wayne State University

Let’s Explore the Comparison of Splashtop Remote Desktop vs. VDI/DaaS in Detail:



VDI / DaaS 


Users get reliable, high-performance remote sessions allowing them to carry out even resource-intensive tasks like video-editing, graphic design, creating animations, coding, and much more with low latency.  Splashtop supports NVIDIA and AMD GPU acceleration. 

DaaS and VDI infrastructure could be located many hundreds of miles away resulting in laggy remote access experience, hampering productivity. 

User Experience 

In addition to high performance remote sessions, additional features like drag and drop file transfer, true multi-multi monitor support, 4:4:4 color mode, high-fidelity audio and ability to redirect usb devices like stylus pens/tablets, enable an immersive remote access experience, just as if you were in-person. 

Lack a comprehensive feature set that increases productivity and enables a seamless user experience during remote sessions. 

Software Licensing 

No additional software licenses are required.   Users can access the work computers and use existing licensed applications, just as they would on campus.  

Many of the existing apps would need to have different licenses that cover virtualization.  In fact, some software vendors do not allow their software to be virtualized due to their inability to properly track licensing, and ones that do offer virtualization licensing often charge a premium. Engaging all the software vendors to relicense will expand license management complexity, cost, and time.    

Time to Deploy 

Up and running in minutes. 

VDI deployment can take months / DaaS can take weeks.   Engaging different software app vendors to relicense for virtualization usage can take months.   

Scheduling Student Access 

IT admins can schedule specific times, and manage permissions for employees to access computers through a centralized admin console, giving IT admins tight control over access and usage. 

No inherent scheduling capabilities. 

Cost Incurred and Ability to Leverage Existing Investment 

Pay for concurrent user licenses and utilize existing investment in computers. Physical computers (CapEx) allow institutions to better manage and control their budget.     

The operating cost (OpEx) can be very high especially when based on a metered or on demand bases.  High usage drives the price up significantly.  Imagine many users forgetting to log off their VDI cloud instances that kept running.   

Data Security and Privacy 

All data resides in the office.  

With DaaS, careful review and monitoring are required to protect user privacy as data is stored in the cloud.  There are additional data privacy compliance requirements overhead and risks.  

Mac Support 

Many businesses use Windows as well as Mac computers. Splashtop delivers a consistent user experience across Windows and Macs.   

Ability to Collaborate on Remote Sessions 

Multiple users can join a remote session and collaborate with colleagues on the same computer.   


Consolidated Platform for Remote Access and Support 

Splashtop Enterprise also offers remote support capabilities enabling IT teams to manage and monitor computers, as well as provide on-demand support to employees from anywhere. 


Best Suited for Hybrid Work 

A combination of in-person and remote work is the future and Splashtop is the best-suited remote access partner. Employees can work on the computers when in-office and can also get remote access to the same computers from home. IT can leverage the same platform for endpoint management and to provide remote support on any device, anywhere. 

Not suitable for a hybrid work environment. 

Splashtop is used by over 30 million people worldwide. Read more about Splashtop Enterprise.

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