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Leostream’s Connection Broker 6.4 for Desktop Virtualization Support

Enables companies to deploy enterprise-class hosted VDI easily

Leostream Corporation, a developer of virtual hosted desktop software, on Monday 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 Xen.org 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 among the new features 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.

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