Few organizations rely on a single technology to satisfy all of their employees’ needs. This is the case, for example, in a help desk scenario where support engineers need access to different types of operating systems, in order to manage customer support issues in the exact environment where they occurred. Turning a mixed deployment into a VDI solution challenges IT administrators to design a complex system that supports a number of remote viewer protocols. Organizations need to find a solution that matches the employees’ workflows and eases the administrative effort of setting up the system.
The Leostream Connection Broker supports a wide variety of clients, back-end operating systems, remote viewer protocols, and hypervisors, allowing organizations to build out their computing infrastructure to suit the needs of the end users.
The Leostream Connection Broker has native support for virtual machines created in VMware® vSphere and ESX, Citrix® XenServer™, and Microsoft® Hyper-V. In addition, by installing the Leostream Agent on the virtual machines, the Connection Broker can assign virtual machines created by any hypervisor including the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor.
By installing Leostream Connect on a fat desktop or laptop, organizations can repurpose existing hardware running Linux and Windows operating systems to act as clients. In addition, user's can access their resources using the Leostream Web client, as well as from a variety of thin clients with built-in Leostream support and from their Apple iPad and iPhone devices using the HLW iTap clients.
Back-end Operating Systems
The Leostream Connection Broker connects end users to both Linux and Windows machines, allowing end users to work with their operating system of choice. Administrators create pools of similar machines in the Connection Broker and use policies to assign machines from these pools to users. Policies can assign multiple desktops, including desktops with different operating systems.