Ulteo, the Open Source Enterprise Virtual Desktop and Application Delivery Solution company 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 and Cloud solution), aims to build and deliver an open source virtual desktop solution for small and large organizations to deliver their end users applications in a more efficient, cost effective and centralized fashion.
“After our OVD v2.0 release that provides a nice web portal access to applications delivered with Ulteo we have received extremely good feedback from all sizes of organizations. But we did not anticipate that the large organizations would consider rolling out Ulteo OVD to 10,000 and even 30,000 users fairly so quickly”, says Thierry Koehrlen, CEO and co-Founder.
“This makes sense because we provide a nice, modular and cost effective solution, so it’s completely normal that large organizations, telecom and cloud computing companies or outsourcing firms are planning to roll out a virtual desktop solution to many more users than in the past. And since we are a customer-driven vendor, we adapted our roadmap and have built this OVD v2.5 scalability version. It will be useful for smaller organizations as well”.
“In this v2.5 version, we really unlocked the OVD to accommodate much larger projects”, comments Gaël Duval CTO and co-Founder. “First of all, on the directory side, we can now work with fairly large directories up to 55,000 users without any trouble. But we also wanted to make sure that on server side the OVD could scale up easily to run more active users. On the Windows side, we leverage the scalability delivered by a typical Windows TS server. And on the Linux side, we are getting close to the full potential of the server capabilities when it is correctly setup with a good CPU/RAM ratio. By intensively sharing resources between all active users, we can fully optimize the CPU and RAM usage, again making the OVD more cost-effective.”
Ultimately, this allows IT department to design their Ulteo infrastructure with more flexibility and choices. Ulteo OVD v2.5 also offers some new features like more usage reporting capabilities and auto detection of web browser language for example. It is also available in more languages thanks to the coordinated effort of the Ulteo community of users and partners.