Leostream 2022, the latest version of their enterprise platform, includes completely new and united versions of Leostream Gateway and LeosStream Connection Broker.
Waltham MA-based Leostream, which has been in business since 2002, makes enterprise-grade remote access solutions, and has announced Leostream 2022, the latest version of their Leostream platform. The updated Leostream Dashboard allows Connection Broker Administrators to rearrange and reset the Dashboard layout, so every user can adjust the contents to see the information that is most important to them. An expanded Connection Broker command line interface (CLI), has new options to accept the Leostream EULA and automatically reboot the Connection Broker, if required. Support for multiple SAML-based authentication servers in one Leostream environment has been added, allowing organizations that leverage different identity providers across teams to consolidate those users into one environment and simplify their overall setup.
“VMware Horizon has a full stack solution, while we only provide two of the pieces,” said Karen Gondoly, Leostream’s CEO, who started with the company in 2008 as a product manager and rose to the CEO role in 2016. “We partner with VMware because we integrate with vSphere. We partner with Stratodesk and provide the management access control layer and the Leostream gateway.” They also link with an enormous number of protocols, both well known and not.
“We partner with almost everyone you see out there,” Gondoly said. ”Our competition really depends on the industry and the use cases of the end users. Since we started, our focus has been on more complex problem problems of EUC – Linux in the early days and more recently HPC. Many protocols only take an organization so far, and that’s where we pick up and take off.”
Leostream is typically focused on larger organizations.
“We focus pretty much on the enterprise,” Gondoly said. “We are used there for a sub-set of users with high performance graphics in an engineering department. But because we simplify IT, it is better for them to use us and expand once we are in the door. We also have a little SMB business, mainly with Scale Computing.”
The Leostream 2022 release is a major upgrade.
“We have updated the underlying infrastructure,” Gondoly said. “It’s a 20 year product, but we get it out as soon as we can.”
The Connection Broker, which was originally packaged as a virtual appliance, has been internally redesigned to run as an application with more restricted permissions. This redesign enables the deployment of the Leostream Connection Broker in environments that have stricter guidelines related to operating system maintenance and application access. The Connection Broker and Leostream Gateway are now packaged for installation on any virtual or physical machine running the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.x operating system and its derivatives, such as Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux OS.
“These were two separate applications on Linux,” Gondoly said. 2022 is a new install, with new versions of Leostream Gateway and Connection Broker. Flip a switch and it’s off and running. That’s the main thing in the new release.”
Leostream will continue to maintain the Leostream 9 release, which installs on CentOS 7, until June 2023.
An updated Leostream Dashboard now allows Connection Broker Administrators to rearrange and reset the Dashboard layout, so every user can adjust the contents to see the information that is most important to them. Additional dashboard charts also provide insight into resource usage, such as showing pool comparisons or the number of currently assigned desktops. An expanded Connection Broker command line interface (CLI), has been added with new options to accept the Leostream EULA and automatically reboot the Connection Broker, if required.
“It’s packaged now on RAL 8 since CentOS 7 support will be limited, with it going end of life in 2024, Gondoly indicated. “Other things added are extensions of what was in 9.1, particularly around the APIs and dashboard. Some customers want to automate deployments of LeoStream, and we built out a full feature of Restful APIs for that. You could automate it yourself before with SQL but enterprise customers have been clamoring for this.”
Leostream has customers and resellers globally, including one SI in Canada that does workload images for media.