SOURCE: Leostream

November 08, 2006 09:58 ET

Leostream Expands Hosted Desktop Use With Neoware Thin Clients

Neoware Thin Clients Fully Compatible With Leostream Connection Broker for Hosted Desktop Control

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 8, 2006 -- Seeking to further promote the adoption of hosted desktops and the benefits of thin client computing, Leostream Corp. today announced that Neoware, Inc., (NASDAQ: NWRE), a leading supplier of thin client software and devices, will support the Leostream Connection Broker for hosted desktop management via Leostream's application program interface (API).

This integration allows Neoware and Leostream customers to receive additional benefit from their existing virtualization and thin client computing initiatives by leveraging the lower cost, security and manageability benefits of the virtual desktop approach.

The Leostream Connection Broker provides controlled access to desktops that are running in virtual and physical machine environments, including VMWare's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and IBM's Virtualized Client Solution (VCS). Leostream delivers the most advanced hosted desktop control solutions for the secure delivery of applications to thin devices in a virtualized environment. Connection Broker also provides policy-based connectivity between fat-, thin-, and web-based clients to physical machines, virtual machines, or Citrix sessions using the most appropriate remote desktop protocol.

The Leostream Client Protocol

A key requirement for Hosted Desktop deployments is single sign-on from either Thin or Fat (Windows Desktop) machines.

In addition it is important to keep the user informed about what is happening behind the scenes. For example, the assigned Hosted Desktop may need to be started before it can be used.

While Leostream could offer this functionality using its own Leostream Connect agent for Windows, this did not help users who wanted to deploy thin clients, the ideal compliment to Hosted Desktops.

So Leostream published its Client Protocol, which sets out the dynamic communication between client device (Thin or Fat) and the Connection Broker -- effectively making the client the visible face of the virtual or physical machine -- providing user authentication, progress reporting, and remote desktop protocol setup and teardown.

Neoware's adoption of the Client Protocol across its entire range of Thin Client platforms -- including Linux, Windows XPe and planned support of Windows CE -- provides a seamless solution at a very affordable price. The Neoware solution also supports Thin Client devices with multi-display configurations.

"By tightly integrating Neoware Thin Clients' operating systems with the Connection Broker, we can enable the standardization of the user's desktop hardware while at the same time fully customizing their desktop experience," said Matt Wrabley, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Neoware. "This drives down security and support costs while giving users a very familiar desktop experience."

"Neoware's work has enabled the deployment of the next generation of Hosted Desktop solutions that integrates the many disparate remote computing systems while hiding the complexity from the end user," said David Crosbie, Leostream CTO.

Leostream Connection Broker provides a protocol-agnostic solution to the problem of connecting users to the computing resources they need to do their jobs. Supplied as a Virtual Appliance, it comes as a self-contained system that can be setup and configured in a few hours.

Additional information and free trials can be obtained from www.leostream.com.

About Neoware

Neoware, Inc. (NASDAQ: NWRE) provides enterprises throughout the world with thin client computing devices, software that turns PCs into thin clients, and services that adapt thin client technology to virtually any enterprise computing environment. Neoware's software powers, manages and secures thin client devices and traditional personal computers, enabling them to run Windows® and Web applications across a network, stream operating systems on demand, and connect to mainframes, mid-range, UNIX and Linux systems. Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, USA, Neoware has offices in Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Neoware's products are available worldwide from select, knowledgeable resellers, as well as via its partnerships with IBM, Lenovo and ClearCube. Neoware can be reached by email at info@neoware.com.

About Leostream Corporation

In addition to Leostream Connection Broker, Leostream is the creator of P > V Direct, a tool that enables the automated conversion and repeated disk synchronization of physical machines to their virtual equivalent for one-time conversions, as well as repeated conversions for patch testing, backup, and Disaster Recovery. P > V Direct 3.0 supports Windows NT4, Windows XP, Windows Server 2000/2003, and conversion targets include VMware and Microsoft virtualization software. Visit www.Leostream.com. Leostream Corp., 950 Winter Street Suite 2400, Waltham, MA 02451. Tel. 781 577 9584.

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