Connection Broker for Virtualized Desktops

A connection broker lies at the heart of any virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) project. It's where all the data center pieces are tied together, and all the decisions are made about who can access what and how. It's a complex function and can represent up to 40 percent of the effort for a VDI deployment.

Leostream has focused on connection broker solutions since hosted and virtualized desktops emerged, and provides a complete connection broker solution enabling organizations to make VDI a reality. The Leostream Connection Broker is a “best-in-class” broker that simply and securely connects end-users with hosted desktops, virtual desktops, applications, and other resources hosted in the data center, enabling access whenever and wherever it is needed.

How the Connection Broker Works
The Leostream Connection Broker is a vendor-independent virtual appliance that runs on virtualization hosts such as those offered by VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, and Red Hat. It manages the connection of end-users to their desktops and applications without sitting in the data path. IT administrators use the Leostream Connection Broker to establish access control rules that connect end-users to the right resources at the right time, regardless of their location.

The Connection Broker connects end-users directly to physical and virtualized desktops, Terminal Server sessions, and applications according to the user’s profile and the location of the client device. The Leostream Connection Broker integrates with an organization’s directory services, such as Microsoft® Active Directory® and Novell® eDirectory™, to authenticate users and map them to one of the access control rules.

      Virtualized Desktops with the Leostream Connection Broker

How the Leostream Connection Broker is Typically Used

Mixed Deployments
When organizations need to integrate a range of resources to centralize desktop management, the Leostream Connection Broker provides a comprehensive, open, and flexible approach. Back-end complexity is hidden from the end-user who benefits from a unified and familiar view of their desktop from whatever client they are using for access.

Desktop Management
IT organizations use the Leostream Connection Broker to assign desktops to clients and users, and manage the desktops’ lifecycle. Through Connection Broker policies, organizations can easily manage power control, assignment, and remote viewer protocols.

End-user and Client Management
Leostream Connection Broker policies also enable organizations to centrally manage end-users and clients. The policy allocation models help optimize the use of desktop resources. Administrators can assign desktops to users based on variables such as user ID, location, type of client device, and resource availability, and also specify what types of USB devices users can access in their remote sessions. Monitor layouts defined in the Connection Broker assign standard multi-monitor configurations to different groups of client devices.