Thursday Aug 16, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 Released!

Today we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, the latest release of Oracle's enterprise-class software to simplify access to server-hosted applications. Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 has gone through tens of thousands of hours of engineering and quality assurance hours, to make the product rock-solid. This new release delivers significant enhancements which provide rich user experiences, enhanced security, faster deployment, exceptional application responsiveness and expanded list of supported server operating systems and internet browsers.
  • Rich User Experiences: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, users can run multiple applications on different physical monitors attached to their client device. This increases productivity for users in organizations such as call centers, financial institutions etc. Also with this release, improved performance for 3-D applications utilizing OpenGL 1.3 graphics extensions is supported. The above capabilities are achieved due to incorporating a new protocol engine, based on the foundation X Server release X11R7.6. In addition, Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 now supports audio-input capability for server-hosted Windows applications. This allows use of conferencing, training etc applications with Oracle Secure Global Desktop. 
  • Enhanced Security: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, connections to the server are made secure by default, during installation. This ensures optimal out-of-the-box security, eliminating the need for additional post installation tasks by the administrator and ensuring consistency for large enterprise deployments. Secure mode installation also enables connections between the Oracle Secure Global Desktop servers in an array to be encrypted.  For more information, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Security Guide for Release 4.7.
  • Faster Deployment: With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. A new Oracle VM 3 template that includes Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 and Oracle Linux 5.8 can easily be imported and cloned from as a virtual machine within Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7.
  • Supported for Latest Platforms: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, support for the latest internet browsers including Internet Explorer 9, Chrome and the latest Firefox ESR has been added. In addition, Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 servers can now be installed and are supported on Oracle Linux 6 and Solaris 11 operating systems.
  • Exceptional application responsiveness: Exalogic is hardware and software engineered together to provide extreme performance for Java applications, Oracle Applications, and all other enterprise applications. Oracle Secure Global Desktop can run on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to provide secure remote access directly to Oracle Applications co-resident in Exalogic for an exceptionally responsive user experience. The following video from Oracle product management provides more details.

For more details regarding Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 documentation

Oracle's press announcement regarding this release can be found here.

Thursday Aug 09, 2012

Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway Enables 'Anywhere Access'

A few weeks back, I wrote a blog post on how Catholic Education South Australia leverages Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide services anytime, anywhere. One of the questions I get asked is what enables Oracle Secure Global Desktop to allow access to applications or services 'anywhere'. The answer lies in one of Oracle Secure Global Desktop's most popular features - the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway (SGD Gateway).

The SGD Gateway comes included (at no additional cost) with purchase of Oracle Secure Global Desktop. The SGD Gateway is a proxy server designed to be deployed in a demilitarized zone (DMZ), which in turn connects to an array of Oracle Secure Global Desktop servers located on the internal network of an organization. Additionally, all connections can be authenticated in the DMZ before any connections are made to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop servers in the array. Connections between client devices and SGD Gateway use port 443. Hence, this does not require administrators to obtain additional approvals for use of non-standard ports in the DMZ. 

The SGD Gateway consists of the following components:

  • Routing proxy: A Java technology-based application that routes Adaptive Internet Protocol (AIP) data connections to an Oracle Secure Global Desktop server. Keystores in the routing proxy contain the certificates and private keys used to secure connections for the SGD Gateway. The routing proxy uses routing tokens to manage AIP connections. A routing token is a signed, encrypted message that identifies the origin and destination Oracle Secure Global Desktop server for a route.
  • Reverse proxy: An Apache web server, configured to operate in reverse proxy mode. The reverse proxy also performs load balancing of HTTP connections.

To learn more about the SGD Gateway, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway Administration Guide.

Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

Why Use Oracle Secure Global Desktop with Oracle Primavera Applications

Oracle Primavera is the leading Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) solution for project-intensive industries. It offers best-in-class capabilities focused on mission critical PPM requirements of industries like engineering & construction, discrete and process manufacturing, public administration, financial services and others. Oracle Primavera enables enterprise agility, team productivity, portfolio predictability and overall project management efficiency. The result is the ability to drive down costs, minimize risk and deliver results to key stakeholders.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop provides the ability to use Primavera P6 applications on a variety of client devices even when users only have access to high-latency WAN or asynchronous dial-up connections. High performance is achieved by using Oracle Secure Global Desktop’s Adaptive Internet Protocol (AIP), which employs heuristics to determine the type of device and network connection in use, and dynamically adapts to optimize performance

Publish Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management applications using Oracle Secure Global Desktop to solve problems like:

  • Remote users experiencing slow performance issues due to high latency
  • Administrators needing to restrict Primavera P6 access to SSL connections only
  • Administrators needing to publish controlled application environments

To learn more about how to publish Oracle Primavera applications when using Oracle Secure Global Desktop, please refer to this document.

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