Blaze FAQs

Overcoming RDP Challenges with Ericom Blaze

Why Ericom Blaze?

Great user experiences are crucial to the success of remote access solutions. IT departments strive to provide great (or even acceptable) remote computing experiences that closely match local PC-like experience. Today's RDP (the de facto standard for remote access) does not meet this performance level. As productivity decreases and frustration levels rise, remote users often experience sluggish response times, screen updates and displays that are painfully slow; images rendered in chunks; videos and animations that have a low frame rate.

Ericom Blaze transforms RDP into a fast, responsive, and extremely efficient remote display protocol that dramatically reduces bandwidth consumption and optimizes RDP network traffic across the WAN/LAN and slow bandwidth connections. With these dramatic and productivity-enhancing improvements to the end-user experience, Ericom Blaze enables the reality of deploying and scaling desktop virtualization (VDI), Terminal Services and thin client computing to remote / mobile users, branch offices and clouds - quickly and cost-effectively.

How Does It Work?

Blaze performs three key operations to compress RDP by up to 98% and to transmit data up to 10 times faster than RDP:

  1. Blaze intelligently introspects the RDP protocol and compresses display data by 20 times and more. In addition, Blaze performs enhanced bulk compression on all the data transmitted via RDP.
  2. Blaze performs packet shaping to optimize RDP communication over high-latency / low-bandwidth connections.
  3. Standard RDP breaks screen frames into multiple small chunks that are rendered individually on the local display. Blaze unifies these chunks and displays complete screen frames as single units, resulting in a much smoother and more pleasant end-user experience.

How does Blaze compare with RDP?

Ericom Blaze is a robust display protocol that exceeds the performance of the latest versions of RDP including RDP 7, across a latent / low bandwidth connection, or for complex graphics or animation displays. Ericom Blaze is available both as a standalone product as well as an integral part of PowerTerm WebConnect 5.7 and higher.

How much faster can I expect my applications to be with Ericom Blaze?

The actual amount of speed increase you can get from using Ericom Blaze is highly dependent on a few factors. In general, the more graphics, the better the performance gains over RDP. If the document is graphics based (bitmaps, charts, etc.), and used over a slow connection, you can see up to 10 times better performance over RDP. If your document is primarily text based, you can see 2-5 times better performance over RDP. Remember that the bandwidth and latency of the network will also be a factor in the performance. This chart details speed expectations, based on your operating system.

Use Cases

Ericom Blaze performs particularly well in scenarios where RDP performance normally degrades the user experience, such as over low-bandwidth, high latency WANs, or congested LANs. Some of the most common use cases include remote office and branch computing, mobile / home-based workers, outsourced / offshore workforces, and cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications.

Platform Support

Server Platforms

Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2012 R2 / 2016 Terminal Services / RDS (physical or virtual). Both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) are supported.

Windows XP, Vista,  Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 as remote desktops (physical or virtual). Both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) are supported.

Server must have CPU with SSE2 instruction set support.

Client Platforms


Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) are supported.

Linux (Ubuntu, Red Hat, SUSE etc).

Mac OS (Intel)

Note: The above clients require CPU with MMX instruction set support.

Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch) - Search Ericom in the App Store

Android tablets & phones (ARM-based) - Search Ericom in Google Play App Store

BlackBerry smartphones - Search Ericom in BlackBerry World

Thin Clients  

Windows XPe


Windows CE support  (BETA version) is available from the Ericom Blaze download page.

Thin clients must have CPU with MMX instruction set support.

Network Types   DSL, E1, T1, T3, WAN, LAN, WiFi, wireless WAN/LAN, and others  
Connection Brokers  

Ericom Connect® functionality included in:
- Ericom Blaze 3.x client for Windows
- Ericom Blaze 1.4.8 client for  Mac
- Ericom Blaze 1.4.8 client for Linux
- Ericom Blaze 2.1 client for CE
(BETA version)

Ericom® PowerTerm® WebConnect for RDS Session Host (RDSH), TS and VDI.

Works also as standalone  for RDS, TS and VDI (without a Connection Broker).



Speed Estimate

Server XP, Vista, Windows 7 Windows 2000, Linux, Mac, and *CE clients
2008 R2,
Windows 7
Up to 5x acceleration.
Note: When connecting from Windows to 2008 R2 / Win 7, Ericom Blaze works best when accelerating graphics applications rather than text-based applications.
Up to 10x acceleration
*With CE thin clients, the faster your CPU is, the better Blaze will perform. When CPU speed is < 1 GHz, Ericom Blaze delivers less noticeable results.
Up to 10x acceleration Up to 10x acceleration
*With CE thin clients, the faster your CPU is, the better Blaze will perform. When CPU speed is < 1 GHz, Ericom Blaze delivers less noticeable results.