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Leostream Introduces Connection Broker 6.4 For Enhanced Enterprise Desktop Virtualization Support
Leostream Corporation, a leading developer of virtual hosted desktop software, today announced enhancements to its industry-leading, vendor-neutral connection broker bringing greater support, management flexibility and branding control to hosted virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI). The most effective connection management technology of its kind, the Leostream™ Connection Broker enables companies to deploy enterprise-class hosted VDI easily, while achieving the greatest return-on-investment from existing technology resources.

The Leostream Connection Broker is the software management layer that ties desktop images in the data center to appropriate end-user devices - thin clients, laptops, workstations, or Web pages - delivering a user experience as good as or superior to that of a conventional desktop. The Leostream Connection Broker is vendor-independent, providing support for VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, and hypervisors, as well as for hosted applications and sessions, physical desktops, dedicated blades and other systems.

For IT managers, the Leostream Connection Broker deploys quickly, providing a rich set of policies for exact implementation of business rules for users and machines, while consolidating resources into a “single-pane-of-glass” view. It easily integrates existing management infrastructure, adding only the hosted VDI-specific policies necessary to complement established corporate ones. No changes to certified systems such as authentication services and SSL VPNs are required.

For IT decision makers, the Leostream Connection Broker offers the strategic flexibility to mix and match various solutions within a hosted VDI without fear of vendor lock-in: a key trait as virtualization technologies mature and new vendors continue to enter this rapidly expanding market.

Highlights of the Leostream Connection Broker 6.4 include:

  • Updated SQL Server Support:The Connection Broker now fully supports external databases stored in Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

  • Optimum Branding and Custom Web Browser Look-and-Feel: Custom logos and favicons can be specified on the Leostream Web Client and Administrator Web interfaces, allowing for seamless appearance and greater branding control. Leostream Connection Broker “skins” provide additional controls to specify colors used on forms, including all text and links.

  • Greater Flexibility for Resource Assignment:
    • Policies: Desktop Filters can now be applied across all pools in a policy or on a pool-by-pool basis, providing fine-grained controls over which desktops are offered to each user.
    • Authentication: Policies can be assigned to users based on advanced LDAP filter expressions, providing policy assignment based on the user’s membership in multiple authentication server groups.

  • More Powerful Monitoring Capabilities:New logging events allow SNMP servers and syslog to be used for tracking pool thresholds and Leostream Connection Broker metrics. System administrators are instantly alerted when pool levels reach lower thresholds.

“Leostream has more than 220 large-scale VDI deployments under its belt and enhancements to our product are based upon customer feedback from ‘real world’ situations,” said Michael Palin, CEO of Leostream. “As the industry has found, best-of-breed technologies such as ours are the only way to ensure large-scale virtualization success. With our vendor-neutral approach, we’re also often called in to help deal with the diverse technology environments that overwhelming exist today. Our goal is straightforward: continue to lead the industry in providing a vendor-neutral connection broker that truly makes hosted VDI work for enterprises.”

Published Monday, April 05, 2010 5:59 AM by David Marshall
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