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November 24, 2009

Ulteo launches new version of Open Virtual Desktop

To deliver Linux and Windows apps as virtual desktops

By CBR Staff Writer

Ulteo has launched new version of open source virtual desktop which delivers both Linux and Windows applications as complete virtual desktops and also via web portal.

Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) 1.0 was about delivering Linux and Windows applications to virtual desktops accessible from within or outside an organization, while OVD 2.0 0 takes this concept even further by providing additional features, the company said.

According to Ulteo, the new version allows users to simply click a link on a web page to launch a single application without the overhead of a complete desktop. Users can now log into their corporate portal and simply click a link to launch a remote Windows and/or Linux application, or they can click an icon to open a document with an associated remote application.

The company said that the new version provides shared directories for user collaboration, the foundation for a wider assortment of supported databases, single sign-on, support for different web portal, ECMs, support for Windows Server 2003 and 2008, hypervisors, and more. OVD can also run on Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing environment.

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Thierry Koehrlen, CEO and co-founder of Ulteo, said: In our daily interactions with the community of Ulteo users (Desktop Architects, System & support Administrators, IT managers), several key reasons are given for the adoption of Open Virtual Desktop. The number one reason is the ability to deploy Windows or Linux applications, and even a mixture of both, to a unified desktop environment.

“Ulteo users also greatly appreciate the cost reductions provided by our product, plus the fact that Ulteo Enterprise subscription plans provide a comprehensive and affordable support solution. The simplicity and ease-of-use of the system is another popular reason. And finally, the openness of the code and development process guarantees both flexibility and the ability to customise the product for any organisation.

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