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A connection broker is a piece of software that accommodates user access to a given desktop or virtual machine in desktop virtualization. Virtualization, or Infrastructure-as-a-Service, allows a vendor's clients to access desktop environments or other resources over the Web or through similar protocol, rather than using on-site hardware and software resources. The connection broker is a critical part of connecting these users to the virtual desktop or platforms, which are maintained by remote infrastructure.
A connection broker could be considered part of a security architecture in that it allows for end-user connection. The connection broker could allow the user to connect to a virtual machine or other server. It could also help users connect to virtual machine pools or provide for various kinds of analysis of virtual machine components. A connection broker could also deliver an end user to multiple environments or platforms. This can sometimes help clients with the cost of maintaining a set of IT resources, or contribute to more distributed models for IT architecture in order to help lower liabilities from disasters or other emergencies.