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With Splashtop, thousands of K-12 and higher education institutions are enjoying high performance, quick-to-deploy remote access to existing Windows and Mac lab computers running Adobe, Autodesk, and other applications that are already licensed.

On-premise 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 have been magnified recently due to entire organizations and educational institutions having to continue their business and education remotely. Remote desktop solutions like Splashtop overcome these challenges and are better suited to today’s quick-to-deploy needs, especially those of K-12 and higher-education institutions looking to make existing on-campus computer resources available to their students who are learning from home or dorm rooms 24×7.

During COVID-19, thousands of schools and colleges have adopted Splashtop as a superior alternative to VDI and DaaS. References can be provided upon request.


Let’s explore the comparison of Splashtop remote desktop vs. VDI / DaaS for remote computer labs in detail:

Splashtop for remote labs VDI / DaaS
Performance Students get reliable, high-performance remote sessions allowing them to carry out 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 from schools resulting in laggy remote access experience, hampering productivity.
Software Licensing No additional software licenses are required.

Students can access the lab computers and use existing licensed applications like Adobe Creative Suite, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and After Effects; AutoDesk AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, Fusion 360, and Maya; Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools; Vectorworks, ArcGIS, Rhino, SketchUp, SolidWorks, and many more, 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.
Quick to Deploy Up and running in minutes VDI takes months / DaaS takes weeks. Engaging different software app vendors to relicense for virtualization usage can take months. Some software vendors simply do not allow for virtualization.
Scheduling Student Access IT admins of educational institutions can schedule specific times, and manage permissions for students to access lab computers through a centralized admin console, giving IT admins tight control over access and usage. No scheduling feature.
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 student usage drives the price up significantly. Imagine many students forgetting to log off their VDI cloud instances that kept running.
Data Security and Privacy All data resides in labs. 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 computer labs have Windows as well as Mac computers. Splashtop delivers a consistent user experience across Windows and Macs.
Ability to Assist Students In-session Faculty members can join any student’s remote access session to address questions and issues.
Best Suited for Hybrid Learning A combination of in-classroom and remote learning is the future and Splashtop is the best-suited remote access partner. Students can work on the lab computers when on campus and can also get remote access to the same computers from home. Not suitable for a hybrid learning environment.

Splashtop has established partnerships with AWS, GCP, and Azure. Upcoming Splashtop roadmap includes support for DaaS to deliver additional workload on-demand. Furthermore, this allows educational institutions to prioritize usage of existing physical labs first before incurring the expenses of on-demand cloud workspace / software. IT teams can leverage Splashtop’s scheduling and manageability features to fully control and monitor physical labs as well as cloud VDI virtual instances.

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Splashtop is used by over 30 million people worldwide. Read more about Splashtop for remote computer labs.