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Leostream Connection Broker Provides Improved Management and Scalability Through VMware Enhancements

Today at VMworld 2010, Leostream Corporation, a leading developer of virtual hosted desktop software, announced VMware enhancements in the Leostream Connection Broker 7.0, which provide customers who operate a VMware virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with much more powerful management capabilities and improved scalability. In the latest release of the Connection Broker, Leostream provides tight integration with VMware View, enhanced desktop provisioning, cluster management and linked clone support.

“Several of my larger telecom clients needed to be able to increase the scalability of their VDI so that they could ramp up marketing promotions quickly and provide enough virtual desktops to employees who supported them,” said Paulo Jose, CTO of V2S, a systems integrator in Portugal. “I spoke to Leostream, having used their Connection Broker in the past, to see whether they could help me improve scalability of VMware VDI environments. These new VMware enhancements are exactly what my clients require.”

The Leostream Connection Broker, the most widely deployed, vendor-independent technology of its kind, enables IT managers to maximize the value of existing IT investments by easily integrating an array of clients, back-end systems and viewers to create a hosted VDI. Additionally, the Connection Broker integrates easily with existing network infrastructure with no changes to essential data center systems, such as authentication services and SSL VPNs. Once integrated, the Connection Broker provides a flexible set of policies for exact implementation of business rules for system administrators, users, and machines.

New VMware enhancements in the Leostream Connection Broker 7.0 include:

  • VMware View Support – Tight integration allows soft PCoIP connections for View users who require high-performance graphics. This also provides View adminstrators with the versatility of the Leostream Connection Broker, letting them extend VDI to include a variety of different platforms, while providing users with a single login to all resources.
  • Provisioning Enhancements – Additional configuration options for provisioning substantially improve the scalability of VDI in VMware environments. The Connection Broker allows lower and upper thresholds on pool size, and provides complete control over the virtual machine (VM) lifecycle, including how new VMs are provisioned and when they are deleted.
  • Linked Clones Management – Leostream can now create new linked clones from snapshots of parent VMs, which optimizes storage, simplifies the creation of new desktop images, and makes image management easier and more efficient.

These new enhancements provide View users with powerful ways to extend the capability, reach, and security of VDI deployments. This includes Leostream’s location-based policies and native integration with Cisco VPNs, as well as the ability to integrate a range of systems - from Citrix XenApp to the Oracle Sun Ray System to Linux virtual desktops - into a VDI that includes View.

“Leostream has long been recognized as the leader in providing enterprises with a vendor-neutral Connection Broker that easily integrates disparate systems into a cohesive, robust VDI,” said Michael Palin, CEO of Leostream. “Now, with these VMware enhancement, Leostream Connection Broker 7.0 can serve as a powerful, centralized VDI management system that increases scalability, simplifies administration and makes image management much more efficient.”

Leostream will be demonstrating the Connection Broker 7.0 and other new technologies during VMworld 2010, August 30 through September 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Attendees can visit Leostream at booth #118, where they will also be able to enter for a daily iPad giveaway.

Published Monday, August 30, 2010 9:41 AM by David Marshall
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