The Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop terminal server platform lets administrators serve up Windows and Linux applications over the network.
Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop is aimed at organizations that deploy Windows and Linux applications via a terminal server to classic desktops and mobile platforms. Thanks to new support for HTML5 in newer versions, Open Virtual Desktop now works without a client on a PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet. In this article, I look at some new features available in version 4.0 and provide a guide to deploying Open Virtual Desktop.
Ulteo was founded in 2007 by Gaël Duval and Thierry Koehrlen. In the Linux and open source community, Duval is known as the co-founder of the Linux Mandrake/Mandriva distributions and Koehrlen as the co-creator of intalio.com. These two old hands set out with the goal of positioning Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) as a „non-proprietary, open source-based, secure and scalable platform for the deployment of desktops and applications“ .
More a Terminal Server than a VDI
Admins can use Ulteo OVD to serve Windows and Linux applications on a common platform to their users across multiple systems (Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Android, and iOS). OVD is not a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution in the strict sense, but rather an server-based computing (SBC) or terminal server solution. According to its own announcements, Ulteo is working on adding VDI features with separate virtual machines.