Connection Broker 7.0 is a management layer that helps administrators to sort out resources and add policies for computing resources via a hosted virtual desktop using any of the major hypervisors.
SAN FRANCISCO -- News items started flowing out of VMworld 2010 long before the press room was to open at 2 o'clock Aug. 30.
One of the first was from desktop virtualization management provider
Leostream, which introduced a new version of its Connection Broker. Leostream claims to provide the most widely deployed
independent virtualization broker software on the market.
Connection Broker 7.0 is a management layer that helps administrators
to sort out resources and add policies for computing resources via a
hosted virtual desktop using any of the major hypervisors -- VMware,
Citrix, Microsoft and the open-source Xen.org. The broker also delivers
server-based computing resources from Xenapp and terminal services via
"We allow users to deploy best-of-breed solutions and to not get locked
into any of the current virtualization environments," Leostream CEO
Mike Palin told eWEEK.
Connection Broker 7.0 new features include tight integration
with VMware View and the provision of high-performance graphics capabilities of the
PC over Internet protocol (PCoIP), as well as broad support for mobile
devices, including Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, Palin said.
The new version also includes additional VMware enhancements, cluster
management capabilities, desktop failover plans, and a number of other
features designed to streamline management of VDI (virtual desktop
infrastructure), Palin said.
"A connection broker is a key element in the management of a VDI, tying
desktop images in the data center to end-user devices," Palin said. "In
this way, we are able to help IT administrators earn the trust of
end-users and manage VDI more easily. It also gains the support of
C-level decision-makers who require the greatest ROI possible."
"For virtualization growth to continue, end-users need to trust that
their virtual desktops will perform reliably and provide the computing
performance they require, while IT administrators need
streamlined, 'single-pane-of-glass' management for VDI," said Rachel
Chalmers, research director, Infrastructure Management at The 451
"Leostream Connection Broker 7.0 addresses these areas very
effectively. Furthermore, Leostream's vendor-neutral approach can
address C-level concerns about achieving ROI in large-scale
deployments, while leveraging existing heterogeneous infrastructure."