Release: Leostream Virtual Desktop Connection Broker 1.0

Adhering VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Alliance Leostream launches a new product: Virtual Desktop Connection Broker.

The products features are:

  • Single Sign-On
    The Leostream Connect agent that runs on the end user’s Windows XP desktop provides single sign-on and sign-off. So the user simply enters their username and password into the Leostream Connect interface and presses Connect, and shortly after they are auto-logged into the remote Windows session
  • Virtual Desktop Pooling
    Desktops can be organized into groups or “pools” using a sophisticated, automated, labeling system. Once labeled they can be assigned to users according to that user’s group membership as defined by the external authentication server
  • Virtual Desktop Failover
    Leostream checks the state of a Virtual Desktop before assigning, or re-assigning, it so if a VM fails then it is automatically replaced by another from the same pool
  • Session Stickiness
    The assignment of a particular Desktop to a user can be permanent, or just for a preset period of time
  • Native RDP Client Support
    Leostream integrates with the native Microsoft RDC client rather than the browser or Java-based versions; this enhances performance and ensures compatibility with Microsoft Vista
  • Thin Client Support
    Tight integration with thin clients such as the Wyse S10 enable a seamless end-user experience
  • Multi-Protocol Support
    Remote desktop protocols supported include: Microsoft’s RDP, Citrix’s ICA, VNC, and VMware Remote Viewer – enabling the use of operating systems that do not support RDP
  • Policy Base Session Variables
    Session variables such as screen size, disk re-direction, and remote printing can be set with each access Policy
  • Secure Access
    Authentication and RDC session can be secured using SSL certificates – ensuring data security
  • Dynamic Management of Virtual Machine State
    The VM state can be automatically changed when assigned and un-assigned, so allowing unused VMs to be kept in a powered-off state economizing both licensing and hardware utilization
  • Virtual Hosted Desktop Self-Service
    Users can browse a catalog of Virtual Machines, select one and then request a copy. Each request must then be approved by a supervisor before being created and assigned to that user. The created VMs can be set to expire at a certain date, after which only a Administrator can bring them back into service, and finally they can be set to be deleted on a particular date
  • Monitoring and Reporting
    Real-time monitoring of RDC sessions, and reporting via email and SNMP
  • External Authentication
    Users can be authenticated and profiled using Active Directory or LDAP servers without a schema change
  • User Activity Monitoring and Logging
    User status is displayed, user activity is logged, and users can be logged out of the system, so providing a central view of all user activity
  • Virtual Appliance Format
    The Connection Broker is distributed as a Virtual Appliance so it can be rapidly set up, duplicated, moved, and backed- up. It requires a minimum of 1.5G of Memory, and bridged network connectivity. CPU utilization is dependent on the Connection Broker load and will require between 1/10 and all of a 2GHz Xeon processor
  • Scalability
    The Connection Broker manages multiple VMware VirtualCenters. The maximum deployment sizes are:

    • 7,000 VMs per VirtualCenter
    • 1024 VirtualCenters per Connection Broker
    • 50,000 VMs can be managed per Connection Broker

Watch a demo here.

The Virtualization Industry Roadmap has been updated accordingly.