ENVY Post Production House Pivots to Hybrid Work Model with Leostream as part of its ENVY Remote Platform

Picture a working environment where people come into town and have a nice coffee and a chat, relax on the sofa and collaborate on an upcoming project. These are some of comforts that describe the studio suites available at ENVY, the UK’s leading post production house for broadcast and advertising which operates out of six locations in London.

The historically in-office business has adapted to a flexible model that enables its client base to fully access 200+ physical workstations remotely. As part of the company’s overall effort to drive operational change, Jai Cave of ENVY and his technical team set out to build ENVY Remote, a platform to support a hybrid workforce.

Developing an Ecosystem for a Hybrid Creative Workforce

 Feedback from clients was a major influence backing the decision to create a full-fledged solution for flexible working. “We realized for our business moving forward we needed to offer customers hybrid, remote, and on-site options,” commented Cave. “How do you want to work? Tell us and you can work that way.”

The post production house became fully equipped for remote access at the start of the pandemic. With over 70% of clients expressing interest in hybrid options long-term, the company began building a robust ecosystem to align the demand for flexibility and creative workflows. “We are in a creative industry and I think there’s a lot of people that respect the creative industry’s need to be person in order to be effective,” explained Cave. “But, you don’t necessarily need it every day of the week.”

The company’s propriety platform provides tools to help hybrid and remote creative talent collaborate. It includes a live chat system, storyboarding, file reviewing/sharing, task management, live notes, discussions, shared calendars and live support. An important feature of the overall solution is connecting to powerful editing workstations remotely, which is facilitated by the inclusion of Leostream into the platform. Cave summarized the process as straightforward and seamless. “They just click on the remote edit tab and they are looking at a customized Leostream interface. Once connected, it’s exactly the same machine that they were using in-house or a dedicated remote machine if they don’t need a hybrid option.” This provides a consistent user-experience across the board, which is especially beneficial as creatives transition from working in the office to at home throughout the week.

The Leostream Gateway delivers remote access to users outside of the corporate network, allowing ENVY to isolate workstations from the public internet. The gateway is designed to funnel logins through a secure environment to be authenticated without the use of virtual private networks (VPNs).  For Cave, minimizing the need for VPNs made implementing the Leostream Gateway a logical choice. “No one wants to battle with setting up VPN connections on laptops that are owned by studios or whoever else. It’s no fun. For us, ease of use is really important, whilst being completely secure.”

Scaling the Platform with API & Flexible Integrations

zero trust leostreamWith 10-20 projects starting each week, ENVY has built an orchestration system that manages the whole life cycle of projects. This system brings together a variety of systems, software and processes, including Leostream to automate all of the initial provisioning and day to day management. Using the Leostream API, ENVY is able to leverage the power of Leostream alongside other tools within the ecosystem.

By automating the brokering aspect of how users connect to workstations, Leostream reduces the amount of manual intervention needed to kick start projects and on-board users. “Clients don’t want to wait, they want it to be automatic. They want to log in at 8am and get going,” described Cave. This level of convenience is exactly what ENVY is able to deliver at scale and across numerous projects simultaneously. 

Given the breadth of technology in place to run the ecosystem and empower hybrid workers, a key initiative for the company was selecting providers that could integrate with others. As a vendor neutral platform, Leostream perfectly met this requirement for its unique ability to support a wide array of display protocols, authentication providers, client devices, operating systems, and hosting platforms.  

Remote Access Opens the Talent Pool up to a Global Level

Hybrid Remote Access One of the unique benefits of rolling out such a powerful solution is the hiring reach that it provides. Previously, recruiting talent was often constrained to the pool of creatives within close proximity to project locations. Giving clients the capability to hire remote teams has opened up doors and expanded the talent pool they have available.

Cave said projects are making use of talent like never before and sourcing talent from new locations. Not only does the company have users logging in from every corner of the UK, but from all across the globe. “Now people are grabbing editors from Scotland and Bristol. We have people logging in from Turkey, Netherlands, Spain, lots of different places all over the world — and choosing people based on talent, and not where they live.”

With a global workforce, meeting face-to-face is often impractical, placing a higher demand on virtual collaboration tools. To assist with collaboration, ENVY has enabled a screen-sharing feature through an integration between the workstations’ remote display protocol and Leostream. This functionality allows editors to invite other creatives and their producers to a full screen collaborative mode to review projects in real-time together.

From an IT perspective, another advantage of using Leostream to manage a geographically distributed talent base is the comprehensive reporting which gives oversight into who is logging in and when. This is particularly helpful when planning technical maintenance and avoiding peak usage times. With a traditional 9-5 office structure, companies are able to perform maintenance during off hours, but it’s more complex when you have users logging in 24/7. Cave and his IT team pull reports within Leostream to see when machines are powered on and to determine how many users will be impacted at certain times.

What’s Next for ENVY?

The company plans to continue expanding its platform with support from key vendors like Leostream. “Clients have been very clear to us that this is how they want to work going forward,” summarized Cave. The company will be adding new services to the ecosystem and promoting flexible work.

About ENVY

ENVY is an award winning ‘one stop shop’​ for full-service post production, offering everything from capture to rushes ingest, storage, offline suites, grade, online, audio, VFX, QC, and deliverables for countless broadcasters around the world.

Its Broadcast division works on Documentaries, Factual, Drama, Comedy and Entertainment with its Advertising division working on Commercials, Design, Branding and Promos.

ENVY offers over 200 suites across 6 buildings in central London.

Learn more at envypost.co.uk

Remote Picture Labs Revolutionizes Remote Editing Workflows with Leostream

Episodic television and feature film editing has traditionally been performed in edit bays located on studio lots, or in production company offices and dedicated post-production facilities. For decades this workflow was essentially unchanged – until the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March 2020. With post-production teams confined to their homes, producers began to seek an alternative method for finishing their shows. Enter remote video editing, a breakthrough technology offered by Remote Picture Labs (RPL).

In developing its solution, RPL co-founder Noah Gusdorff, CTO Erik Beauchamp and their team set out to build a system that offered the same video quality and user experience expected of traditional editing environments. With decades of combined know-how in digital production workflows, the company’s partners called upon leading technology vendors, such as Leostream, to build a virtualized collaborative editing solution that outperforms many in-house systems. In doing so, RPL became one of a small number of vendors pioneering the transition to remote workflows and enabling more flexibility for editors and producers in the media and entertainment industry.

During the solution’s early development stage, Gusdorf and Beauchamp quickly realized the important role that a remote desktop connection manager would play in authenticating users and monitoring remote sessions. After assessing several options, RPL selected the Leostream™ Platform to facilitate the brokering of desktop connections and to satisfy a variety of complex needs related to content security and auditing.

The user experience starts with secure authentication

Secure Remote Access for Post ProductionProviding an optimal level of picture, sound, and pixel quality to high-performance workstations — like those running editing software such as Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro — requires intricate orchestration to properly function in a virtualized environment. First and foremost, the front-end experience must be flawless — and that starts with the entry point into the system. Leostream supports a variety of mechanisms to confirm an RPL user’s identity and authorize access to the remote workstation, including Active Directory, Azure AD, multi-factor authentication, and integration with any identity provider that supports the SAML protocol. Additionally, Leostream integrates with a variety of remote display protocols to allow organizations to select the best protocol based on their users’ needs. In the case of RPL, Leostream facilitates Teradici PCoIP-based connections to deliver a highly secure and responsive editing environment.

“The great part is that the Leostream technology doesn’t get in the way of the creative process,” explained Gusdorff. “The only interaction users have with Leostream is entering their username and password, and then Leostream does all of the hard work in the background. It doesn’t slow anything down, it doesn’t inhibit, it’s seamless to the user.”

When a client logs in, Leostream fires up the workstation and connects all required services. “As far as the client knows, the machine is up and running and ready to go, but it’s actually offline,” elaborated Beauchamp. “Leostream brings it online in the blink of an eye, something that is so simple but so incredibly important to editors, who are constantly under pressure to work fast.”

Producers of television series generally oversee multiple episodes at any given time. The RPL solution presents them with a list of available resources upon logging in with their secure credentials. The producer can connect to each production separately and work on projects independently of each other in a dedicated editing environment. “We have producers that need to log into five, 10 or even 20 edit bays, and they can oversee all of them, while the editors only have limited access to what’s assigned to them,” described Gusdorf. The resource lists can be dynamic and changed on the fly, which is particularly helpful if a new editor gets added or one leaves a show, since modifications to access policies can be put into effect immediately.

RPL has enabled several authentication methods within Leostream. “All of the Leostream modules and components are tied into our infrastructure, which assures that we’re compliant with all of the content security regulations required in the world of media and entertainment,” commented Beauchamp.

There is a security chain and several different vendor products that must work together for the RPL solution to adhere to industry standards. This chain includes integration with an Active Directory system and a RADIUS server that manages two-factor and multi-factor authentication. In addition, the system blends solutions provided by Teradici and a heavy layer of Microsoft Windows. “Leostream is really the glue that synchronizes and ties everything together,” said Gusdorff.

Automation and monitoring: keys to a powerful backend remote editing environment

Beyond authentication, RPL relies on the Leostream Platform to monitor remote sessions and automate certain tasks.

“There are a million things that happen once the user enters their password,” commented Gusdorff. “That’s where Leostream is invaluable.”

Many aspects of RPL’s remote workflow are controlled and managed through a large, centralized Leostream deployment. After seeing rapid adoption of its solution, RPL is scaling up and plans to internally increase automation. “The more automation we can put in place, the more efficiency and consistency we have,” explained Gusdorf.
Out-of-the-box features like pools, plans, and policies are used to customize the Leostream Platform and map users to the appropriate resources without manual intervention. In the future, RPL plans to take advantage of the Leostream API to expand on the rest of its automation infrastructure.

The IT team at RPL also relies on monitoring tools within Leostream to see how many users are connecting daily, their usage patterns, their location, and more. “We have an audit log that we review multiple times a day — if there are any issues, any bad passwords, any authentication problems, we see them,” said Beauchamp. Not only does this capability allow the IT staff to spot potential intrusions or security threats, it also enhances the clients’ experience. RPL will proactively reach out to its users if they spot connection problems — oftentimes before the user even needs to contact support.

When it comes to monitoring, audit trails and reporting are absolute musts. According to Gusdorf, “When you are dealing with studios and big media corporations, they want to know who is touching what and when.” Leostream tracks all necessary metrics in real time. “We can see who is connecting from where, from what IP address, from what host machine, what time they connect, what time they disconnect, etcetera,” detailed Beauchamp.

Content security is one of the highest priorities for RPL’s customers, and Beauchamp said that partnering with a well-respected vendor such as Leostream has been critical. “Having a product name like Leostream helps a lot. The companies are familiar with it, and it checks all the boxes on the security side.”

The show must go on… despite a pandemic

By incorporating premier technologies and integrating best practices for remote access into its solution, RPL can immediately move workflows to its remote environment while allowing the use of existing media and projects.

One of the big pushes for remote capabilities came from the Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV show, whose creatives demanded that everyone on their team be able to collaborate no matter where they were located. “On a show like Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you don’t have weeks or months to produce your content,” explained Beauchamp. “From the time a show is recorded to the time the editor has to build it and get it to air is just a matter of hours, if not less. Sometimes it’s minutes.”

By migrating Kimmel’s entire post-production environment to the RPL private cloud, the company made it possible for the show’s editors, assistants and graphics artists to work from their respective homes and collaborate just as they had before the pandemic.

With tight deadlines to meet, minimizing system downtime is paramount for RPL, and having a relationship with Leostream made all the difference. “The engineering team at Leostream helped us quickly get builds tested and vetted and running in the production environment. It was great. Our clients never missed a beat. All of that happened in real time while we were in full production,” said Beauchamp. Plus, by tracking user activity within Leostream, the IT team at RPL can thoughtfully plan maintenance windows based on when there will be the least impact.

Remote and hybrid workflows are here to stay for post-production editors

The RPL solution has also been put to the test in hybrid post-production environments that blend at-home and in-office workstations. “Even when we have editors working at the office, they can go home at the end of the day and do some more work or split their time between the home and office during the week,” he explained. The way the Leostream Platform handles the brokering of resources and controlling of logins is a key enabler of this flexibility. Users can connect into the environment and pick up exactly where they left off from any workstation and with the exact same tool set — no matter if they are at home, at the studio, or working from the road.

Much of what RPL has achieved is the result of the highly versatile Leostream Platform. As vendor-neutral software, not only does the Leostream Platform consolidate the array of technologies often found in large-scale virtual and hosted desktop initiatives, it also simplifies workflow complexity. Even with a long list of requirements, the Leostream Platform was able to satisfy all of the configuration needs of RPL and its clients. What this means for RPL is that the company will continue to be able to scale with Leostream.

About Remote Picture Labs

Based in Burbank, Calif., Remote Picture Labs is a joint venture between Creative Mobile Solutions, an Emmy Award-winning developer of tapeless environments for live events and studio shows, and J/KAM Digital, a provider of innovative editing and shared storage solutions for more than 25 years. RPL is focused on providing media companies and tier-one sports organizations with high-performance remote collaborative editing solutions over private cloud infrastructure.

In an industry that faces many challenges for remote work, RPL has created a robust and agile solution that reproduces the in-studio experience. The inclusion of the Leostream Platform has been instrumental in creating this seamless and high-performance remote desktop experience for Hollywood’s demanding post-production creatives.

Framestore deploys high-performance remote access software Leostream

Remote Desktop Connection Management GraphicLeostream provides framework for unifying a large-scale deployment of hosted resources to 2,500+ animation and visual effects artists

As Europe’s largest post-production house, Framestore is known for creating the highest quality images for animation and visual effects. Since 1986, the company has been a leading innovator across film, advertising, television, and immersive —collecting countless accolades along the way. The creative studio brings extraordinary ideas to life through craft, imagination and technology.

Framestore has been a longstanding customer of Leostream and recently expanded its use case to support a global, remote workforce. With over 2,500 artists across multiple locations, Framestore leverages the Leostream™ Platform to centralize the deployment of high-powered workstations.

Christophe Meslin, Global Head of Technical Resources, and Andrea Bonomelli, Systems Administrator, at Framestore played an integral role in implementing Leostream at scale across the organization.

Meslin and Bonomelli along with other key decision makers had many considerations for architecting the solution, including security, performance, price, etc. After contemplating building a solution in-house, they determined that the flexibility already provided by Leostream was exactly what was needed to simplify administrative efforts and consolidate resources. “We took the opportunity to unify the system across the business and in every location,” said Meslin. “It was preferable to have everyone using one system instead of multiple. We wanted consistency.”

Having flexibility and the ability to customize the Leostream Platform to best suit the current and future needs for Framestore were critical aspects of the design. According to Bonomelli, “We did our due diligence with looking at the roadmap ahead. The flexibility that Leostream offers doesn’t compare to anything.”

Leostream provides the framework to consolidate the hosted desktop environment at Framestore in order to address a number of business initiatives.

Delivering high-performance workstations in the office and remotely

Home to a collective of visionaries working across film, advertising, television and immersive, the artists at Framestore rely on high-performance machines for their creative work. Leostream integrates with a wide assortment of display protocols including Teradici PCoIP, which delivers a secure, high-definition and highly responsive computing experience for pixel-perfect renderings. “Leostream has come into play easily, because we have Teradici connecting from the public Internet. There are no more VPNs and remote users can connect without hassle. Just click and be assigned a workstation through Leostream,” explained Bonomelli of the workflow.

Supporting a hybrid and geographically dispersed team

In an industry that has traditionally employed on-premises infrastructure, the pivot to remote work during the 2020 pandemic spurred the extension of Leostream to users company-wide. “We were tasked to deploy everybody in our five locations all at once,” summarized Meslin about rolling out Leostream across the visual effects side of the business at the onset of the pandemic. “It was a blitz. We were under huge pressure to make it happen in so very little time so that the business could continue to operate.”

With the Leostream Platform in place, the organization is now able to deliver workstations to a geographically dispersed team comprised of users working from home, at a project site, or in the office. To control access to resources, everyone is required to login to a workstation through Leostream regardless of their location. Not only does funneling all users through Leostream provide consistency, it makes it possible for IT to centrally manage the user base.

Maximizing resource utilization with desktop pools

In some situations, users are hard assigned individual desktops in a one to one fashion. In other scenarios, Framestore utilizes the desktop pooling feature available in Leostream to group workstations together so that resources can be shared. “The pooling component is very unique and we can tailor it to our needs,” explained Bonomelli. “For example, we have backup pools. So, if there’s an issue, our users can still grab a workstation from the backup pool.” This ensures that users can maintain productivity while IT staff resolves issues.

The organization has also been able to save money using desktop pools to share applications. “We have a dedicated pool of Windows workstations for applications that are not day-to-day requirements, and we are definitely saving money on hardware and software,” said Bonomelli. “Since we are primarily Linux based, it makes sense to have users share Windows OS workstations.”

Prioritizing security and streamlining the auditing process

When working with major vendors like Warner Bros., Disney, Netflix, and Amazon Prime — which are just a few customers on the Framestore roster — content security is of upmost importance. Framestore has a multi-prong approach to securing intellectual property.

Ensuring only authorized users have access to content is a significant aspect of the security strategy. “No user has access to the vendor data without proper authorization and there’s no intellectual property residing on the end-point devices of our artists,” stated Meslin.

Framestore uses multi-factor authentication to provide an extra layer of security when users connect through the Leostream Platform. “With MFA in place, along with some other measures, we are 100% sure no one can connect unless they are authorized by us,” elaborates Bonomelli. Leostream offers integrations with a variety of MFA providers, including PingID, Duo, Okta, or any other Identity Provider (IdP) that supports SAML or the RADIUS protocol.

Framestore must also be prepared for annual audits from the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Trusted Partner Network (TPN). These two organizations govern security across all creative studios around the world. It’s important for Framestore to be able to provide detailed information showing who has access to creative content. This is where logs, courtesy of Leostream, become extremely helpful. The Leostream logs track insights regarding who logged into what resource and for how long, making it easy to monitor and report user activity for the purpose of an audit.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Framestore engaged with the MPA and TPN to review its remote access solution powered by Leostream and received positive remarks. “We got very good feedback from everyone on that matter and what we’ve done,” commented Meslin.

Simplifying administrative IT functions

The IT department at Framestore regularly evaluates new technology to improve efficiency so that technical efforts and budgeting can be allocated optimally. “We’re looking into ways for technology to reduce administrative tasks so that we can focus on supporting the creative side of things here at Framestore,” said Meslin.

Framestore has a large technical staff and close to 100 administrators for Leostream. The organization takes advantage of the roles feature within Leostream to define the levels of permissions available to various IT personnel — ranging from full control over modifying the system to limited control.

From both a user and IT perspective, Leostream has been well received. Bonomelli, who is recognized as the Leostream guru at Framestore, says, “l love the product.” Meslin shares that sentiment, particularly when it comes to efficiency, “In terms of time saved throughout the day, it’s been life saving.”

Framestore has Leostream Agents installed on each workstation, which provides IT staff with additional control and information about users’ sessions. “I like how the Leostream Agents integrate…that’s a good component. We don’t have to set up crazy queries or workflows,” explained Bonomelli.

Both IT professionals, Meslin and Bonomelli, appreciate the flexibility the platform affords and are already looking ahead at future use cases.

Looking ahead: hybrid working environment and cloud workstations

Throughout the pandemic, Framestore had artists working from home all over Europe and in several other locations around the globe. “In the past, we would have never thought this to be possible. For the business to see that the output is as good as when everyone was in the office and the quality has not gone down is really important,” recalled Meslin.

Seeing that remote work is possible has the creative studio rethinking options for deploying resources. Framestore is evaluating cloud-hosted workstations and is excited that Leostream integrates with a range of cloud hosting platforms like Amazon, Google, and Azure. A major benefit of moving to the cloud is the ability to spin up new machines on demand and turn them off when they are no longer needed — which could all be managed from within the administrative dashboard in Leostream.

“We have an influx of work and due to computer manufacturer shortages, it’s been hard to get new staff the physical machines they need,” explained Meslin. Moving to the cloud opens up opportunity for hiring new talent across a broader geographical area and being able to onboard artists rapidly to meet demands for new content.

Ultimately, this type of flexibility and being able to try out new platforms and technologies is one of the main reasons Framestore chose to align with Leostream. “We were confident that it was better to go with Leostream because it evolves regularly. It’s not just about the price, but the whole package and it was the flexibility that the product offered. The support team does a great job. It’s a true partnership and they make sure we are using the product to its full potential,” concluded Bonomelli.

As a vendor neutral solution, Leostream is constantly adding new technology to its long list of integrators. The IT team at Framestore is assured that Leostream will assist with future initiatives as the company continues to advance.

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Case Study: Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is dedicated to educating students in the industry-specific skills they need to excel in their careers. When the University needed a solution that could be deployed quickly and easily with a premium user experience, it turned to academic research sharing platform provider, Academia, which recommended Leostream. MMU implemented the Leostream Platform to provide remote access to more than 2,000 students, who tap into the school’s resources through a wide range of disparate computers, devices, and operating systems.

Download the case study to learn about how Leostream:

  • Provides a premium user experience and connections to all of the University’s onsite Mac, Windows, and Linux devices
  • Simplifies administrative functionality, making it possible for the eight-person help desk team to manage the system with ease
  • Supports remote access for students in the Digital Arts program who require high-end technical specifications and minimal latency issues
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Case Study: Leostream Remote Access Arms Penlon for Ventilator Challenge

Penlon, a world-class British medical device, develops and manufactures products and systems for anesthesia, intubation, and oxygen therapy. In February 2020, the company needed to produce more than 10,000 ventilators for critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Download the case study to learn about overcoming project challenges:

  • Penlon needed to provide secure access to resources for outside consultants.
  • There was a very tight timeline to implement a solution.
  • Client devices were “locked” and software could not be installed on them.
  • Solution supported by a small IT team of two people
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Case Study: Leostream assists Auburn University with Academic Continuity

As one of the largest universities in the South, Auburn University needed to provide its expansive student population with remote access when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted distance learning.  Within the first month of the pandemic, several departments at the University implemented Leostream to manage student connections to lab workstations and applications hosted on premises.

Download the case study to learn about key project initiatives:

  • Why the College of Engineering and the Library and IT Commons chose Leostream over building a proprietary solution or using VPNs or Windows Remote Gateway

  • How the University supported engineering and architecture students who require high performance desktops for running resource intensive applications

  • Specific features being leveraged by IT administrators related to security and desktop brokering

  • Why the Director of Network Services at the College of Engineering refers to Leostream as a “rock solid remote gateway and interface”
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Academy of Art University Case Study

With over 56% of students enrolled online, the Academy of Art University has been on the forefront of remote learning.  To centralize remote access connections to its campus lab environments, the Academy began utilizing the Leostream Platform. Leostream has been instrumental in recreating the entire on-site experience with each remote lab station while ensuring large on-site technology investments are fully utilized.

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  • Why the University chose Leostream over other desktop brokering solutions

  • Enabling graphics-rich workloads for students running high-power workstations

  • Specific features within Leostream that allowed the University to support its diverse curriculum and facilities 

  • How a short-term challenge of facilitating distance learning will turn into a long-term solution for remote access

  • Why the System Administrator’s answer is always, “Yes” whenever asked if something is possible with a Leostream brokered lab
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Belmont University, a Nashville-based liberal arts school, is committed to providing its students with innovative resources. To enable 24/7 remote access connections to its media and entertainment learning labs, the University turned to Leostream. The Leostream platform streamlines administrative functions through a centralized dashboard while offering an intuitive login for students to launch high power workstations.

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  • How the University eliminated the need for VPNs by leveraging the Leostream Gateway
  • Ways the Leostream Connection Broker simplifies IT administrative tasks related to on-boarding students and allocating of resources
  • The overall timeline of the deployment and how a quick implementation supported students during COVID-19 induced distance learning
  • Why the University’s IT specialist calls Leostream a “Perfect Solution”
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Case Study

PGS achieved enhanced flexibility and productivity as well as significantly improved
collaboration and security with the RVIZ solution

Empowering employees to work anytime, anywhere with GPU-accelerated virtual workstations. How PGS overhauled operations with the Remote Visualization solution from Lenovo, NVIDIA, Red Hat, Mechdyne, Leostream, and PCPC Direct, ensuring that the interpretation team can always collaborate and work efficiently.

 

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Case Study

IT Service Provider moves on-premises VMware Horizon VDI to cloud-based VDI in AWS with Leostream

As a solutions provider managing both on-premises and cloud-hosted environments, Dewpoint assists their customers with design and implementation of a variety of technology solutions, including virtual desktop infrastructures. Recently, one of their VDI customers wanted to “get out of the data center business” and move their VDI deployment to the cloud. To support this customer, Dewpoint designed and developed their “Next Gen VDI” offering, which allowed their customers to save money and improve efficiency by leveraging the cloud as a hosting platform for VDI, managed by Leostream and in partnership with Teradici and Liquidware.

Key Challenges

  • Operating costs of on-premises VMware Horizon VDI had become prohibitive for the client due to data center costs
  • Amazon Workspaces did not meet the client requirements for time-to-deploy new VMs
  • Any new solution needed to be deployed on AWS EC2 cloud infrastructure and leverage existing Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients

Key Benefits

  • Reduced operating costs associated with an on-premises datacenter by moving to AWS
  • Maintained business continuity by preserving user profiles
  • Provided anywhere access to IT assets
  • Leveraged the PCoIP Zero Clients they already loved!

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