Tuesday Jul 19, 2011

Oracle Virtual Desktop Client on iPad in action

You may have seen the product announcements two weeks ago for Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC) for iPad and the new release of Oracle VDI 3.3.

With OVDC for iPad you can connect from the iPad to your virtual desktop in the data-centre. This could be done from the local LAN (when moving between different office spaces or meeting rooms) or from any place connected to the Internet using the features for security with VPN support.

The key-point in using OVDC on the iPad (when you are on the move) is a quick look to secured and protected data, for example through business applications in your company or accessing patient records in a healthcare organization. Instead of using multiple iPad apps (with or without built-in security features) you only have a single OVDC app to access your desktop or applications infrastructure in the data centre.

The past two weeks I used the iPad in several circumstances to connect to the virtual desktop in the data centre. I used both private and public WiFi networks and also a 3G connection through a mobile phone (tethering). I was very surprised about the network performance of OVDC on the iPad, the efficient ALP protocol enabled me to work on a remote desktop over a 3G connection.

Last week I also installed and configured the VDI 3.3 software on my demo server and I thought about iPad use-cases to demonstrate during my customer presentations. During a demo of the Sun Ray and Oracle VDI technology I always see some great moments of enthusiasm when customers understand how they can use this cool technology to relieve from their daily struggle with IT infrastructures.

With the OVDC for iPad there is another great moment of enthusiasm introduced during the demo and I captured some of the iPad use-case scenario's of my demo in the below video.

This video demonstrates the following scenario's:

  • Launching OVDC on iPad (0:08)
  • Connect to Oracle VDI server (0:26)
  • Firefox in Windows 7 session (0:42)
  • Open Office presentation in Windows 7 (1:16)
  • VoIP (Skype) in Windows 7 (1:59)
  • Using Text editor in Windows XP (3:26)
Some pieces of the video are blurred, my camera had some focus problems.

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