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Leostream Stays in the Fray

Leostream solidified its VDI credentials and made it easier for IT managers to get the most out of their existing IT infrastructures--an absolute requirement these days--by integrating a variety of clients, back-end systems and viewers into Leostream Connection Broker 6.5. V6.5 enables the company to hammer home its positive VDI user experience message and maintain its position in a market that is being flooded with vendors trying to get the attention of customers with their unique desktop virtualization solutions.

In addition to helping users optimize their legacy infrastructures, V6.5 plugs and plays with existing network infrastructures without requiring changes to essential data systems, such as authentication services and SSL VPNs. The company says that once its connection broker is implemented, it offers a flexible set of policies for exact implementation of business rules for administrators, users and machines.

The enhanced Web client that comes with V6.5 recognizes registry and printer plans, and user role settings, which Leostream says further enhances the user experience. Also included is a dynamic client display-matching capability which enables admins to create display plans that "automatically match the layout and resolution of the client displays for viewer protocols that support it, such as RDP and HP RGS. With this capability, end users' virtual desktops will automatically span and orient themselves correctly in multi-monitor setups."

In a nod to Citrix, Leostream Connection Broker 6.5 also enables rapid access to XenApp applications and desktops. "This Web client uses the Citrix Client for Java to launch an ICA session, which removes the need for an installed XenApp plug-in to be launched from the Web client," the company says.

The new product also includes several management enhancements relating to search capabilities, connection broker updates, logging, defining client locations, and Cisco VPN client support.

Leostream continues to have a good story to tell, and as long as they can ride the optimized user experience wave, and work on existing infrastructures, they will be a force to reckon with.

Question: Is Leostream well-placed for the VDI long-haul?

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 06/08/2010 at 12:48 PM


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