Avid qualifies the Leostream Connection Broker

Avid qualifies the Leostream Connection Broker

If you’re planning on taking advantage of Media Composer’s virtual machine option but are worried about managing who’s connected to what and where, we have good news: Avid have qualified the Leostream Connection Broker.

For the uninitiated, Leostream is a vendor- and protocol-agnostic management tool that’s designed to simplify the management of access to virtual machines. It allows systems administrators to manage and monitor which end users are using which desktops to connect to which virtual resources, all from a single point, whether you’re using a single hypervisor or multiple ones.

According to Leostream, this Avid qualification means you can allow users to:
– Create pools of available VM resources.
– Terminate cloud-hosted instances when users log out.
– Manage the power state of VMs and user access.
– Maintain user access logs and monitor who uses which VMs.
– Maintain usage statistics for pools of machines.
– Provision new VMware virtual machine pools from templates or as linked clones from snapshots, or build pools of cloud-hosted machines from images available in the cloud platforms.
– Manage user roles and session control levels.

Why choose Leostream?

We’ve been working with Leostream for several years, and have found it to be the most secure option for brokering virtual machines. It’ll also handle mixed environments with ease – we like to pair it with Amulet Hotkey cards to ensure facilities can broker their physical workstations and virtual machines using the same system.

“If you have a mixed estate – perhaps you have a server in a data centre running virtual machines that you use for your offline, and then users switch to using a high powered workstation in your machine room for the online edit – the combination of Amulet Hotkey and Leostream ensures that any end user client device can be pointed at any virtual or physical machine at any time,” explains our Systems Integration Engineer, Matt Ward. Leostream allows you to manage connections to on-premise virtual machines and standalone machines, as well as cloud-based VM systems, creating a truly flexible hybrid system accessible from anywhere on your network.

“We’re one of the few post integrators who have experience deploying Leostream at scale, and we find that it’s more secure than other options – it’s also been deployed in a huge number of critical enterprise environments, so there’s plenty of evidence that it can provide the availability, reliability and – with the right help – simplicity that we know our post clients need so that they can stay focused on delivering the end result.”

To find out more about managing virtual Avid machines with Leostream, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Meet the experts: Matt Ward

Meet the experts: Matt Ward

After stints at London’s Metropolis, Strongroom Studios and Air Studios, engineer Matt Ward joined the root6 audio team five years ago. He’s a fully paid up member of the AES, IEEE, SMPTE and IET, and is your go-to for any questions about acoustics, speaker alignment and audio over IP. 

“I started off as a bench engineer, but then I was recruited by Metropolis Studios and spent the best part of five years as part of the engineering team for their studios, while also helping people out in the mastering and DVD authoring facilities. After that, I was the technical manager of Strongroom Studios until they bought out Air and set up Air Post, which is now part of the Splice Group. So I was the technical manager at Strongroom, I was the lead engineer as they moved into video and audio for post, and I led the technical build for their custom post facility.”

Bringing together Atmos and Auro

“The first big build I got involved in at Jigsaw24 was the ITV move from Quay Street to MediaCityUK. Over the years I’ve also built a lot of digital cinema QC environments, and in the last year I’ve built four Atmos rooms. I was also involved in building one of the very few dual purpose Atmos and Auro cinemas in the world, which involved a lot of custom configuration to get them both through the same speakers. I tend to specialise in acoustic measurements and audio facilities, and I do their builds from the ground up, including all the wiring and system configuration.”

It’s time to accept shared storage

“I know as audio guys we’re all meant to hate shared storage because it doesn’t work, but things are changing. Products like the DDP range really do work and, alongside network audio, are really making people’s workflows much better. We’ve just installed the DDP platform for two of the market leaders in audio post-production, and they both love it.”

Evolving networked audio

“I think people are only just getting to grips with what you can do with networked audio. There’s room there for very complex audio systems, but you need a certain amount of experience to take advantage of the technology like that, and not just use the most primitive functions. But people are really interested in getting there – I was at AES earlier in the year, and I would say 50% of the conversations going on at the show were about networked audio. It’s a massive growth area.”

Getting over IP

“Outside of audio, I do a lot of datacentre integration for our production customers, taking care of the network topology of the 40Gb, 50Gb and 100Gb connections they need. I’m particularly involved in the big KVM over IP installations we do with Amulet Hotkey and Leostream connection brokering. So if you know anyone with questions about speaker alignment, fibre multiplexing or remote collaborative working, send them my way.”

Want to know more about how Matt can help you? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.