Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Introducing Ericom Blaze – Breakthrough RDP Acceleration and Compression

Ericom has just announced Ericom Blaze, a breakthrough in RDP acceleration and compression, which makes RDP, well, blazingly fast. I'm extremely excited about Ericom Blaze because it can overcome both bandwidth and latency limitations to provide significantly enhanced end-user experience on both WAN and LAN. This is crucial for successful SBC and VDI deployments. Ericom Blaze achieves this by performing three key operations:

  1. Compresses RDP by a factor of 10 or more (in some cases much more)
  2. Performs packet shaping to optimize network utilization, and to speed up transmission
  3. Intelligent frame display renders screens as single units rather than as a sequence of blocks

Check out this video comparing Ericom Blaze with standard RDP 6:

Some important information about Ericom Blaze:

  1. Ericom Blaze will be available both as a feature of PowerTerm WebConnect and as a stand-alone product. In addition it will support VMware View Commercial client and Open client for Linux (support for VMware View client for Windows is scheduled for early next year).
  2. Ericom Blaze is a software-only solution. It does not require specialized hardware on either the client or the host.
  3. Ericom Blaze works with any standard RDP host, including Terminal Servers, virtual desktops (VDI) and remote physical machines.
  4. Ericom Blaze is compatible with the RDP server platforms from Windows XP all the way to Windows 7 (both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) for all platforms).
  5. On the client-side, Ericom Blaze supports Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and various Linux distributions. Versions for Mac and Windows CE will be available later this year.

Register here to test-drive Ericom Blaze.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

When will Blaze support Audio on a Windows 7 Host ?

Thanks

EricomGuy said...

@anon, audio support for Windows 7 host should be available as part of the next Blaze release, which should be available in a couple of weeks.

HansBc said...

Is it possible to establish a console mode RDP connection through Blaze?

Thanks,
Hans.

EricomGuy said...

@HansBc
I Assume you mean console sessions. If so, the answer is Yes. Use the -0 command-line switch when launching the Blaze Client.

HansBc said...

Thanks, EricomGuy.

The desktop icon does not allow me to add a switch, it is linked to an installer executable.

Using a desktop link to Blaze.exe and adding the switch there only shows the Ericom splash image which immediately disappears. Same if I invoke Blaze.exe from a command line prompt. No messages in the Windows event log.

I tried -0, -o and -O (zero, small letter o and capital letter O; I assume zero is the correct one) which did not make a difference.

I also added the line
administrative session:i:1
to the .rdp file which didn't help either.

Any more ideas?

Thanks,
Hans.

EricomGuy said...

@HansBc,
Please contact Ericom support and they will help you with this.
Dan

Micha said...

I have two specific questions about Ericom Blaze:

-> is it possible to pass all commands to the client by commandline. It's a no go for us that a user has to enter quality and target.

-> Can i run the client portable from a external device like USB ?

Thanks for a short answer

EricomGuy said...

@Micha,
Thank you for your interest in Ericom Blaze. In general I prefer not to answer such specific technical questions on my blog as it is not the appropriate tool for one-to-one conversations. But in this case I will make an exception :) The answer to both your questions is Yes. For more information please contact Ericom Support: support@ericom.com or use our contact page.

Anonymous said...

Hi

what are the blaze command line switches ?? they dont seem to be in the documentation.

thanks

Virtual Assistant Service said...

This is a good common sense article. Very helpful to one who is just finding the resources about this part. It will certainly help educate me.

Rajeev said...

Hi,

I checked Blaze and i'm happy its performance almost equal to ICA protocol.

But, what would be the Bandwidth utilization compared to RDP & ICA?

Thanks

EricomGuy said...

@Rajeev, the primary reason Blaze is faster than RDP is because Blaze compresses the RDP communication. In particular, Blaze compresses images transmitted through RDP by up to 98%. This means that Blaze could theoretically consume only 2% of RDP bandwidth.

In practice it is unlikely that you achieve a level of compression this high throughout the entire session. The level of compression you will be able to achieve depends on various factors, such as:

1. Which applications you are using and how are you using them. For example, for a session that contains only Notepad, RDP and Blaze will likely use the same bandwidth. A session that has a full-screen Flash video Blaze will use significantly less bandwidth than RDP.

2. Which quality setting do you use for Blaze.

3. Which RDP version you are comparing to - Blaze uses less bandwidth than any version of RDP. But Microsoft have improved RDP over the years so RDP 7.1 also consumes less bandwidth than RDP 5.

I hope this helps.

Rajeev said...

Hello Ericomguy,

- I'm using RDP 6.1 shell version, guess it is RDP7.0.

- In Ericom client, i'm using "High colot 15 Bit" and "fast & good quality"

- Regarding the applications, it will be general Office, Adobe & Browser based applications.

- Do you have a comparison document between RDP, ICA & Ericom on the Bandwidth usage?

Appreciate your inputs.

Thanks!

EricomGuy said...

@Rajeev we have various statistics - I suggest you contact Ericom Software for more detailed information: http://www.ericom.com/contact

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