Tuesday Dec 20, 2011

Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for iPad 1.1 is released

In the iPad App Store you will find a new release of the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for iPad. This is version 1.1 of the client and when you installed the App already on your iPad it automatically announces itself in the Updates section.

With OVDC for iPad you can connect from the iPad to your hosted virtual desktop in the data-center infrastructure. See my blog article OVDC for iPad in action with an explanation and sample use-cases.

The improvements in the new release (as documented in the OTN documentation website) are focused around user experience:

  • External Keyboard Support: you can use an Apple Wireless Keyboard or Apple iPad Keyboard Dock as an external keyboard.
  • Improved On-Screen Keyboard Language Support: users can now configure international languages for the on-screen keyboard. See the release notes for the supported languages.
  • New on-screen button icons: enable you to quickly display the on-screen keyboard and the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client side bar. The button icons provide an alternative to using gestures.
  • iPad Settings: the iPad Settings app now includes a section called Virtual Desktop. Here you can configure settings for Oracle Virtual Desktop Client, such as the language used for the on-screen keyboard and whether to display button icons for the side bar and keyboard.
  • New Gesture: a new gesture has been introduced that emulates the middle scroll wheel on a mouse. To use the scroll gesture, drag upwards or downwards with two fingers.

After I installed the update and connected to a remote server, the on-screen keyboard immediately displayed automatically. This is a change with the previous version where you first had to use the three finger gesture to display the on-screen keyboard before you could enter the user-credentials.

I also played with changing the keyboard language. You set the primary keyboard country and OVDC will send the keyboard country code to the remote server where the virtual desktops are hosted. This is done in the iPad Settings app, in the Virtual Desktop section.

OVDC for iPad Keyboard Language

Check also that the language you select for the primary keyboard country is present in the list of supported keyboards on the General, International, Keyboards page in iPad Settings. If the keyboard language is not present in this list, add the language.

In the sample screenshot you can see that I added four languages to my list, when you press the Globe key you can select the language that matches your primary keyboard country. I tested the French AZERTY layout and changed it to my preferred US layout.

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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