Microsoft is helping Ulteo to deliver an enterprise class tightly integrated Windows + Linux based Ulteo virtual desktop and applications delivery solution

Published on 06/08/2010
Paris June 8th, 2010: Ulteo has been selected to join Microsoft France idEES, a special Microsoft program supporting innovative high potential software startups.
Ulteo is a commercial enterprise open source software startup that develops and distributes the Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) solution. The Ulteo OVD allows organizations of all sizes to cenrally manage and remotely publish end users' Linux and/or Windows business applications instead of installing the applications on the end users' local computers.

The Ulteo OVD brings multiple key benefits to organizations: it reduces the costs of managing the end user environment (applications and data) and allows the end users access from any connected computer (work, hotel, home, customer or supplier sites, etc.). Other benefits include increased data security and increased agility for IT departments, for faster roll-out of new versions and new features of their business applications portfolio to end users.

This Microsoft - Ulteo partnership includes technological, marketing and commercial aspects and it is part of the idEES program (Initiative for the Economic Development of the Software publishers and Start-up) of Microsoft France.

“Because of its selectivity, this partnership is a great recognition for Ulteo. From the start, we have developed the Ulteo OVD on top of both the Linux and the Windows platforms. Joining the Microsoft special idEES program allows us to provide an even tighter integration between Windows Server, Active Directory and Ulteo so that any Windows enterprise customer can benefit from Windows applications delivery with the Ulteo OVD solution” says Thierry Koehrlen, CEO & co-founder of Ulteo.

“We want to offer and guarantee Windows customers a joint solution that provides them with a real enterprise-ready, interoperable virtual desktop solution. By leveraging the Windows Server Terminal Services infrastructure, the Linux-based Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop solution can centrally manage and remotely publish to end users both Windows and Linux applications in a seamless manner.”

The combined product solution could be similarly used in publishing only Windows applications - either from a portal or a desktop published in a browser, securely accessible both internally or externally for any organization.

“Ulteo's offer perfectly matches the global Microsoft openness and interoperability strategy, mixing Microsoft and non-Microsoft environments" adds Alfonso Castro Director of Interoperability Microsoft France. "By joining the IdEES program, Ulteo is a great example that Open Source startups can work tightly with Microsoft's platform. They can count on us to support them in that strategy.”

Ulteo is already working on integrating its Open Virtual Desktop solution with additional Microsoft technology and products like Sharepoint, the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol - and also Microsoft HyperV, App-V and Azure.

“At Microsoft, we are very interested in Ulteo because they are solving a big problem - but also because the combination of Ulteo and Microsoft products gives more choices to the IT departments to build an open virtual desktop and application delivery solution”, says Julien Codorniou, Director of Business Development at Microsoft France.
“Ulteo is very modular and can work with different Microsoft products and in different configurations. For example the combination of the Microsoft and Ulteo solutions can publish Windows and Linux applications remotely, either from the customers servers/data centers and/or from a cloud solution built by software vendors, telco companies or systems integrators.”

The Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop v2.0 is currently available for download in English, French and Russian at and the Ulteo OVD 2.5 is in beta test and will be released within the next few weeks.

About Ulteo
Ulteo is the Open Source Enterprise Virtual Desktop and Application Delivery Solution company (open source SBC & VDI solutions), co-founded by veteran open source entrepreneurs Gaël Duval (founder of Mandrake Linux, a popular Linux distribution) and Thierry Koehrlen (co-founder of Intalio, the leading Open Source BPMS & Cloud company).

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Last edited on 06/08/2010 16:18:19
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