Companies are spending millions of dollars right now to try and convince customers that hosted virtual desktops (HVDs) or virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) are the way to go. Unfortunately, along with that messaging comes a great deal of confusion, and once you get beyond the confusion (or at least think you have), the next step is to clear the complexity hurdles that await you.
But there must be a light at the end of the HVD tunnel as more and more vendors are jumping into the water to offer their own solution, and analysts have been predicting that this market is rapidly expanding.
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According to Brian Gammage, vice president and Gartner fellow, "HVD adoption is likely to be rapid during the next three to five years, particularly in mature markets where existing data center and network infrastructures will be used to offset the cost of entry." Gartner predicts that the worldwide HVD market will accelerate through the year 2013 to reach 49 million units and $65.7 billion in revenue -- no wonder people are jumping into the water to provide a solution.
Leostream, a household name in the desktop virtualization market, has been operating in this industry for quite some time, pioneering virtualization applications as far back as 2002. Today, the company prides itself on HVD software -- specifically, its Connection Broker technology.
To answer the challenge of complexity, Leostream announced a new version of its Connection Broker, 6.3. While the version number is but a minor dot release, the company has packed in quite a bit of new features and functionality, expanding management capabilities and offering significant integrations with partner technologies. Some of the new additions include: