Year in review: OCI Secure Desktops

June 24, 2024 | 4 minute read
Vijay Sai Virup Chitrapu
Product Manager
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On June 28, 2023, Oracle announced the OCI Secure Desktops offering. This year, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Secure Desktops emerged as a game-changer for enterprises navigating the complexities of remote work. With the growing necessity for secure, scalable, and cost-efficient virtual desktop solutions, OCI Secure Desktops offers a robust response, providing security and performance that addresses the most pressing needs for modern organizations.

Security: Sensitive data remains secure in OCI

Safeguarding sensitive data is of the utmost importance. OCI Secure Desktops helps ensure that data is securely stored within OCI, surrounded by state-of-the-art security features. This solution is extremely beneficial for businesses with remote workforces globally because access to virtual desktops is facilitated exclusively through a web browser or an installed client. The virtual desktops, along with applications and resources, operate within OCI rather than on local devices. This approach prevents data from being stored locally, helping to mitigate the risk of data theft, and helping to ensure the protection of sensitive information.

Scalability that meets the demands of a dynamic workforce

The scalability of OCI Secure Desktops has been a standout feature. Businesses of all sizes have benefited from the ability to quickly scale virtual desktop environments up or down, depending on their needs. This flexibility is crucial for managing fluctuating workloads and supporting a distributed workforce without compromising on performance or user experience. This aspect is particularly beneficial for organizations with global teams, enabling seamless collaboration and productivity across different time zones.

Simplified management

OCI Secure Desktops streamlines the management of virtual desktops, offering a comprehensive way that simplify deployment, monitoring, and maintenance. This feature greatly reduces the complexity and time required to manage virtual environments.

Cost-effective solutions for budget-conscious enterprises

Cost management is a critical focus for businesses, and OCI Secure Desktops provides a cost-effective solution compared to competitive offerings. The Pay As You Go (PAYG) pricing model allows organizations to optimize their IT budgets, paying only for what they use.

Industry adoption: Case studies highlight success stories

Throughout the year, numerous case studies have showcased the successful adoption of OCI Secure Desktops across various industries. From healthcare to finance, companies have reported significant improvements in security, efficiency, and employee satisfaction. The following success stories have further cemented OCI Secure Desktops as a preferred choice for virtual desktop solutions.

  • A major player in the healthcare sector is using Secure Desktops services to streamline their global development efforts. By providing virtual desktops to developers worldwide, this customer ensures the maintenance and enhancement of their financial infrastructure, including the databases, website logic, and backend systems for their mobile application.

  • A leading steel manufacturer uses Secure Desktops to interface with other OCI services for development purposes. By integrating virtual desktops with OCI, the company streamlines its development processes, enhances collaboration among developers, and ensures that all development activities are securely managed in the cloud.

  • A prominent bank in the Middle East utilizes our service to provide secure access for their employees. This deployment helps ensure that sensitive financial data is protected while allowing employees to work efficiently from various locations.

Some of the key releases in FY24

In fiscal year 2024, we released the following features of Secure Desktops:

  • ORM Stack: This Oracle Resource Manager (ORM) stack can help you configure your tenancy for use with Secure Desktops by asking you some questions and creating all the required policies and dynamic group.

  • Secure Desktops Image Builder: This tool is designed to simplify the creation of Microsoft Windows images for use in desktop pools in the OCI Secure Desktops service.

  • Secure Desktops readiness checker: The readiness checker helps you to verify whether newly created Windows image files adhere to essential guidelines.

  • OCI CLI and SDKs: We released the software developer kits (SDKs) and OCI command-line interface (CLI) to support Secure Desktops. You can now automate all actions available in the Oracle Cloud Console to create and manage desktop pools.

  • Availability: As of now Secure Desktops is available in 22 OCI commercial regions and one OCI government realm.

Get to know more about Secure Desktops

For more in-depth information about Secure Desktops, consider the following options:

  • Solution playbooks: Solution playbooks serve as your guide to setting up your first tenancy effortlessly using the Oracle Resource Manager (ORM) stack for Secure Desktops. The playbook provides you with a step-by-step walkthrough of creating your first Secure Desktops pool.

  • Blogs: Blog posts are an invaluable resource for staying up to date on our product developments and enhancements.

  • Demo videos: The demo videos for the Secure Desktops service are a great way to get an overview of the product. We have made videos available on our official Oracle Learning YouTube channel.

Conclusion

This year has been a transformative year for OCI Secure Desktops. Its comprehensive security features, scalability, performance, and cost-efficiency have set a new standard for desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solution. As businesses continue to navigate the evolving landscape of remote work, OCI Secure Desktops service stands out as a reliable and innovative solution, ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

As we look ahead, we’re poised to introduce even more enhancements in our Secure Desktops service, which will further enhance its capabilities. As OCI continues its global expansion, we’re committed to broadening the reach of Secure Desktops into new OCI regions, making it accessible to a wider audience and supporting a growing number of enterprises worldwide.

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Vijay Sai Virup Chitrapu

Product Manager


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