Accelerate Large-Scale VDI Deployments with Leostream and Nutanix

Build and manage highly scalable, performant, and automated virtual desktop environments with the Leostream Platform™ and Nutanix AHV


Building a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is one of the tried and true ways to support a remote workforce. However, the cost and complexity of starting a VDI initiative from scratch is often what prevents organizations from moving forward.

To overcome these challenges and to reap the benefits of centrally hosting virtual desktops, organizations have turned to hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI). Rather than procuring the compute, network, and storage resources separately (as is the case in a traditional VDI deployment) HCI gives organizations an advantage by combining the virtualization components into a single stack. Nutanix is the industry leader in HCI and sets the gold standard for accelerating VDI deployments.

A key component of any hosted desktop environment is software for managing remote desktop connections. The Leostream Platform™ is the most widely utilized vendor-independent remote desktop connection management solution, enabling enterprises to integrate the complex array of clients, hosting platforms, guest operating systems, and display protocols required for successful VDI, hosted desktop, and application deployments.

Together, Nutanix and Leostream provide a robust and comprehensive virtual desktop solution for on-premises and remote users by leveraging HCI — without the expense and difficulties of traditional VDI. The end result is a secure hosted desktop environment that is easy for enterprises to monitor, manage, and scale.


With Leostream and Nutanix, both IT staff and end-users benefit from the power of VDI — simplified and centralized management for administrators and more flexibility for a mobile workforce. The Leostream/Nutanix integration enables a wide range of use cases that are commonly seen across large organizations and enterprises and delivers the following advantages:

Choose from a variety of remote display protocols

Not only can users connect to their desktops and applications from commodity display protocols like RDP, VNC, and SSH, but integrations with high performance protocols including those with GPU acceleration ensure an optimal end-user experience.

Connect users from their preferred client device

Connections can be launched from any device including thin clients, zero clients, Chromebooks and mobile devices.

Provide VPN-less access for seamless connections

By using the Leostream Gateway for seamless in-browser connections, remote users gain VPN-less access to VMs hosted on Nutanix AHV clusters.

Prioritize security and authentication methods

There are many ways to lock down corporate resources and stay compliant by incorporating advanced security features like multi-factor authentication, rogue user management, high-availability failover, etc.

Manage multiple virtualization hosts side-by-side

For those running Nutanix with VMware vSphere or OpenStack underneath, Leostream offers a way to manage everything from within a single interface.


When it comes to scaling large environments, having the right backend infrastructure is a critical part of the equation.  By design, Nutanix is positioned to scale VDI. Unlike traditional data center concepts which operate in component silos, HCI combines and integrates the virtualization pieces into a single solution. Having a complete HCI platform that is pre-built saves time and the headache of testing various software/hardware and dealing with compatibility issues. This means customers can deploy in a matter of days.

What’s unique about HCI is its ability to horizontally scale simply by adding nodes. This makes introducing capacity when needed easier without this risk of under or overprovisioning storage resources.

The introduction of Leostream into the solution provides a granular level of control that IT administrators need to effectively manage a high volume of remote desktop connections.

The Leostream Platform is uniquely customizable and offers a range of functionality for provisioning desktops, setting access control policies, monitoring connections and optimizing resource allocation. Whether your environment has 100 users or 100,000, the Leostream Platform ensures the right person has access to the right resource when and where it is needed.


Nutanix and Leostream jointly help customers leverage VDI using the advantages of hyperconverged technology.  Nutanix provides a simple yet powerful backend virtualization framework for centrally hosting desktops and applications, and Leostream puts all the tools necessary to provision, monitor, and manage large-scale desktop environments right at IT administrators’ fingertips.

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About Leostream

Leostream provides the critical remote desktop connection management technology required for organizations to build successful large-scale remote access solutions for physical, virtual, and cloud-hosted desktops. The Leostream Platform is the industry’s most widely deployed vendor-independent remote desktop connection management solution, enabling enterprises to integrate the complex array of clients, hosting platforms, guest operating systems, and display protocols required for successful VDI, hosted desktop, and hosted application deployments.

Flexible VDI and Secure Remote Access for Government Organizations Secure and control virtual desktop resources with Leostream, ClearCube, and Stratodesk

Leostream, ClearCube, and Stratodesk have aligned to enable a flexible solution with proven success amongst government organizations.

This collaboration delivers on all fronts —increased security, performance, reliability, and resilience — to address a wide range of use cases for government and military entities.

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How to Choose a Display Protocol for your Remote Desktop Users

Selecting the right remote display protocol is an important part of every hosted desktop initiative. After all, the display protocol defines how end users connect to their hosted applications, and determines rendering performance. These two aspects have a big impact on your end users’ experience, which is why choosing the best option is not something to take lightly. In this guide we share tips for evaluating third-party display protocols. We provide an overview of popular vendors and guidance for choosing the best fit for your end users.

Download the guide to learn about:

  • Why utilizing more than one protocol can often be more cost effective and provide a better overall experience

  • Tips for evaluating your users’ workflows to narrow in on your display protocol selection

  • The difference between client-based and clientless integrations 

  • Popular vendors and key advantages for each
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The Importance of Remote Access for a Successful Digital Transformation

Integrating remote access capabilities is often a fundamental part of an organization’s digital transformation. Realizing the true benefits of your remote access program can hinge on a solution that is well established and flexible enough to support your initiatives long-term. In this whitepaper, we explore what you need to know about incorporating remote access into your digital transformation strategy.

Download the whitepaper to learn about:

  • Key themes for integrating remote access with your digital transformation plan

  • The importance of having a vendor neutral remote access solution when it comes to future proofing your design

  • Creating a holistic approach when prioritizing the needs of your remote access solution 

  • Our top 5 considerations for planning remote access as part of a digital transformation initiative
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Simplified IT Operations for Hybrid Environments with the Leostream Platform

 The Leostream Platform was designed for busy systems administrators who need an efficient way to manage VDI, hosted desktops, and cloud desktop environments.

This document specifically focuses on the areas of the Leostream Platform that will assist you with maintaining, monitoring, and optimizing your hosted environment once you are fully deployed and up and running.

Download the whitepaper to learn:

    • Where you can plan to spend your time as an administrator interacting with the product

    • Specific ways the Leostream Platform helps you to maintain, monitor, and optimize your hosted environment once you transition from proof-of-concept into production

    • The importance of leveraging “roles” within Leostream to delegate operations to your IT staff 

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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Secure Remote Access for Media and Entertainment

In this whitepaper, we discuss best practices for deploying a secure remote access solution in the media and entertainment industry

Download a copy to learn:

  • Users receive at-desk performance just like they are sitting right in front of their in-house workstations
  • Choose the best display protocol to satisfy the visualization requirements necessary for resource intensive software like Adobe, Maya, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Unity and more
  • Dynamically assign machines to a remote workforce using desktop pools. Desktop pools allow for better utilization of resources and for expensive software licenses to be shared amongst users.
  • Secure access to workstations using multi-factor authentication and Zero Trust workflows
  • Streamline project audits by providing logs that track desktop connections and monitor resource assignments
  • Scale hosted environments across a variety of virtualization platform and all of the major cloud options such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and OpenStack
  • Quickly spin up desktops to support
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Leostream Whitepaper

Whitepaper: Key Considerations for Delivering Linux Hosted Desktops

In this whitepaper, we discuss key considerations for delivering Linux hosted desktops in an on-premises or cloud environment. You will learn – 
  • How to plan for a mixed environment 
  • Choosing your display protocol wisely
  • Leveraging Leostream plans and policies for simplified management 
Intended Audience:
Anyone interested in learning more about hosting Linux desktops, but in particular: CIOs, Sysadmins, IT staff, CTOs, and other IT decision makers.

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Ready to get started with a 30 day free trial of Leostream? Follow the link below! 


eBook: VMware, Citrix, and Leostream – A Not-Quite Apples-to-Apples Comparison 

In this eBook, take a closer look at how Leostream compares to legacy full-stack VDI vendors VMware and Citrix. We’ll go over –
  •  The major components of legacy, full-stack VDI
  • How Leostream handles VDI a little differently
  • When Leostream is a better fit for you than the legacy vendors (and when it’s not!) 
Intended Audience:
Anyone interested in learning more about how Leostream compares to VMware and Citrix, but in particular: CIOs, Sysadmins, IT staff, CTOs, and other IT decision makers.

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Ready to get started with a 30 day free trial of Leostream? Follow the link below! 


VDI in Healthcare: Managing a Compliant Desktop Infrastructure


In this whitepaper, we discuss best practices for managing and maintaining a compliant desktop infrastructure in healthcare. We discuss how Leostream provides key features of a successful healthcare desktop deployment such as – 

• Centralized IT management

• Hands-free login for medical staff

• Improved desktop connection speeds

• Reduced IT costs and improved ROI


Managing Connections to Applications Hosted in Azure using Microsoft RemoteApp and the Leostream Connection Broker

Managing connections to hosted applications in Azure has never been easier. 

In this whitepaper, discover how the Leostream Connection Broker works with the Leostream Gateway to manage connections to applications hosted in Microsoft Azure using Microsoft RemoteApp

Download a copy to learn about:

  • Why host an application in Azure
  • How enable RemoteApp in Azure
  • How the Leostream Gateway works with the Leostream Connection Broker to enable RemoteApp in Azure

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Discover Leostream for Microsoft Remote App and Azure

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