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Enabling Hybrid Cloud Desktops with Leostream

With the world moving everything to the cloud in today’s IT landscape it should come as no surprise that desktops are next on the list. Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is the newest iteration of offering virtual machines for users to access from anywhere to get work done. It may feel like the eventual arrival of the virtual desktop will never arrive for some but it’s not due to lack of innovation.

Cloud-based DaaS presents its own challenges. How can you provide a seamless experience when you could potentially be serving users from multiple providers? How can you manage everything when you’re constantly moving back and forth between management consoles for one set of platforms that does different things than the others? How can you secure all of your user traffic without using VPN technology that doesn’t scale and can be very expensive? How can you be sure that your users have the proper resources for their workflows?

Leostream Delivers

The answers to all of those DaaS questions could halt your deployment. You need to find a solution that addresses the issues while providing ease-of-use for your operations teams. I had the chance to sit down and talk to Karen Gondoly, CEO of Leostream about these challenges and how they can be solved. Leostream is an Emmy-award winning company that focuses on Remote Desktop Access solutions. They have been around for quite a while working with virtualization and virtual desktops in particular.

Karen told me that Leostream is focused on creating a platform that makes it seamless for users to access their virtual workstations while also making operations teams more efficient when it comes to deployments. They use their Leostream Gateway system to securely connect users to things no matter where they are without the need to configure traditional VPN services. That gives you the ability to deploy your virtual environments to places where users can expect great performance from wherever they happen to be. It also gives your administrators the ability to analyze user workflows and size the machines appropriate to keep your capacity costs reasonable.

The big announcement from Leostream is around Amazon Workspaces. Leostream will be integrating with Workspaces and bringing their platform enhancements to enterprises looking to make the move to DaaS. With Leostream you can integrate with IAM roles in AWS to avoid the need to send out access keys. You can use multiple protocols through the Leostream Gateway to meet the needs of your remote users instead of the two that Amazon supports currently.. And you can do it all from one easy-to-understand interface with Leostream that keeps your operations groups for swiveling their chairs back and forth needlessly to configure features.

Leostream has done a lot to enhance Remote Desktop Access in the enterprise over the years. With this new integration into Amazon Workspaces you can also get the same great experience in the cloud as well. You gain all the flexibility of using the cloud while also having a powerful interface to add features and remove complexity for users. It’s a powerful solution that has been used by a number of people in the oil and gas, aerospace, and entertainment industries.

Bringing It All Together

As workers continue to do their jobs from all over the place you need to offer them the ability to complete their workflows with the same level of flexibility. Moving to the cloud creates excitement as well as some anxiety. Finding a provider to enhance your capabilities and reduce friction with users is the way to ensure that your Remote Desktop Access plans aren’t scuttled before they even launch. If you’re looking to make the move to Amazon Workspaces or even start your own DaaS journey it’s worth your time to check out what Leostream has to offer.

For more information about Leostream and their solutions for Remote Desktop Access as well as their new integrations with Amazon Workspaces, make sure to check out their website at

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Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a networking professional, blogger, and speaker on advanced technology topics. He is also an organizer for networking and wireless for Tech Field Day.  His blog can be found at

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