|Where Virtual Desktops Meet Real Business||February 2010|
Leostream News & Events for February 2010
On February 8th, we were pleased to announce the general availability of the Leostream Connection Broker 6.3. A point release in name only, 6.3 comes packed with extended management features, end user functionality enhancements, and significant new integrations with partner technologies. Learn more . . .
In other news, the Texas Tech Libraries are now using Leostream to provide remote access to 3D Lab software.
And we've just developed a new series of step-by-step, scenario-based, implementation guides based on our customers' production HVDI deployments. You can find all of the tutorials on our training page. We will present a different scenario every month. This month's newsletter showcases the tutorial on Persistent Desktops with VMware vCenter Server and RDP
Best wishes, as always, to our valued customers, partners, and friends.
--The Leostream Team
Connection Broker 6.3 Now Available
Connection Broker 6.3 furthers our goal of providing the most deployable and flexible vendor-independent connection management solution available. 6.3 extends existing management features to streamline the deployment, scaling, and ongoing management of hosted virtual desktops, applications, and sessions. New features include:
David Marshall on Connection Broker 6.3
Calling Leostream a "household name in desktop virtualization," InfoWorld's David Marshall writes: "To answer the challenge of (HVD/VDI) complexity, Leostream announced a new version if its Connection Broker 6.3. While the version number is but a minor dot release, the company has packed in quite a bit of new features and functionality, expanding management capabilities and offering significant integrations with partner technologies..."
Additional 6.3 Coverage
Virtualization Review's Bruce Hoard took a look at Leostream, and found that we are "carving out a VDI role," particularly among larger, more heterogenous HVDI deployments. Alessandro Perilli, in his virtualization.info post, said "while every feature is welcome, the most interesing one is support for Sun SGD," singling out 6.3's SSGD (Sun Secure Global Desktop) integration. And Paula Rooney made note of the SSGD integration and 6.3's new Xen.org support in her ZDNet blog.
Texas Tech Libraries Pick Leostream to Deliver Remote Access to 3D Labs
Texas Tech is testing the delivery of a broad range of applications, from Microsoft Office to MATLAB to Autodesk AutoCAD via a virtual desktop infrastructure built from Leostream and VMware.
According to the blog posting by Robert Sweet, Associate Dean of Libraries for Technology Management Services at Texas Tech University: "The remote access solution is intended to provide access to the 3D Lab software suite via a Leostream Connection Broker running on top of a VMWare server that links users with available remote access computers via Microsoft Remote Desktop. There is a Remote Desktop client available for Windows, OSX and Linux platforms which will work with our 3D Lab software, even though the 3D Lab is exclusively Windows based."
Leostream Tutorial: Persistent Desktops using VMware, Active Directory, and RDP
At Leostream, we've started to create detailed implementation guides based on real-world use cases that we see with our customers. You can view the entire collection on the Leostream training page under "Tutorials." We'll present a different one every month for the next few months.
This month we guide you through a Connection Broker setup that uses VMware, AD, and RDP to provide end users with a persistent Windows desktop that suspends when the user logs out. The tutorial takes a step-by-step approach to using the Connection Broker to build an HVDI that meets the following requirements:
Moving to Hosted Virtual Desktops? Learn How to Make the Most of Your Existing IT Investments.
The promise of virtualizing end user resources in the data center is tremendous. The potential benefits include:
In order to build a successful hosted infrastructure for desktops and other end user resources, you need to be able to integrate security, network management, and other critical systems into the hosted virtual desktop infrastructure.
This short Leostream Whitepaper explains how a vendor-independent, heterogeneous connection management approach is key to making virtual desktops a reality for large, diverse, end-user organizations.
Third-party Reviews of the Connection Broker
Looking for Independent Reviews of the Connection Broker? Check Out These Reports by Xtravirt, the Butler Group, and the 451 Group
Xtravirt, "the Virtualization Knowledge Portal," and a British consultancy in virtualization technologies, recently published a white paper providing an overview of VDI and connection brokers. It goes on to discuss Leostream and provides a table of some of the Connection Broker's product features
Butler Group Analysts Stephen Mann and Chandranshu Singh recently reviewed the Connection Broker and published this Technology Audit with the findings, including:
451 Group analyst Rachel Chalmers discusses the merits of the Leostream Connection Broker, saying "the special magic Leostream brings to server-hosted desktop virtualization is support for many hypervisors, delivery models, back ends, protocols, in-place components and clients. To put it another way, it's the perfect choice when all you need is a connection broker that will drop in and play nicely with the datacenter, virtualization and desktop infrastructure you already have."
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Analyst Reviews of the Connection Broker
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