Leostream Upgrades Its VDI Connection Broker

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-08-30 Print this article Print

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 RDS.

"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 Group.

"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."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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