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Announcing Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.6 for Secure Remote Access to Data and Applications in the Cloud and On Premises

Jan Hendrik Mangold
SGD Senior Product Manager

We are pleased to announce the availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.6, providing a new HTML5 client, simpler installation and easier maintenance in the cloud and on premises.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is a web-based solution that allows users to remotely access data and applications in a data center or the cloud. It provides administrators with a single pane of glass to manage secure access to resources with a completely air-gapped, highly secure connection between the client and the data and applications accessed, allowing complete control of which user can access which application and the server it runs on, all through a convenient web interface.

What is new with SGD 5.6

Installation and upgrade

The following are supported installation and upgrade paths

  • Installation via yum install (after download from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud)
  • Upgrade from 5.4 to 5.6 is possible via backup/restore
  • Upgrade from 5.5 via yum update

HTML5 Client

The new HTML5 client has been completely rewritten with oJET components and now supports the automatic detection of international keyboards, just like the native client.

  • New User Interface
    • Buttons to trigger common keyboard shortcuts
    • Buttons to trigger sending + receiving remote clipboard content
  • Supports international keyboards
    • Automatically uses user’s keyboard language
    • Allows composition using client IM
  • Supports browser Clipboard API
  • RPM installer
    • New oracle-sgd-webclient RPM package
    • Can be installed onto your SGD server (or not)

Enhanced Graphics

  • Improved display performance for desktops
    • Uses new IGR protocol:
    • Lower bandwidth usage compared to AIP/X. Down to…
      • 10% for media intensive applications
      • 33% for light web browsing
  • SGD 5.6 or later native client only
    • No web client support

Improved Drive Mapping for Linux Application Servers

With SGD 5.6, CDM for UNIX applications on Oracle Linux 7 server uses fuse and SSHFS, rather then NFS and SMB, provided by the optional extension package oracle-sgd-ext-unixcdm-5.60.514-1.el7.noarch.rpm

  • More performant
    • Fewer protocol conversions increase performance and accuracy of data requests.
    • Potential order of magnitude improvement in data transfer rate.
  • More secure
    • Operates over existing SSH connection from SGD server to application server.
    • No listening ports open SGD server.
    • Mounted drives are isolated per-application on the application server using Linux namespaces.
  • More modern
    • IPv6-ready (via SSH).
    • Doesn't use deprecated protocols (e.g. NFSv2)
  • More standard
    • Uses off-the-shelf components on the application server.

Simplified set up and configuration of the gateway and server

To simplify the configuration of a Gateway, a new command has been added which when run on the Gateway will configure all members of an SGD array for use by the Gateway. This removes the necessity to copy the Gateway certificates to the SGD server and the SGD server's certificates to the Gateway.

When this command is run, all members of the array are added to the Gateway's configuration. No restart of a Gateway is required for the changes to be applied. The name supplied to the command is used on a Gateway to manage which servers belong to which array. It is not required to be unique for different Gateways. After running the command, the Gateway and SGD configuration is complete. The security-gateway configuration for the array must still be set properly.

If gateway server add-array is run again for the same SGD array, it will determine whether any changes have been made to the array.

This new command to automate the setup can also be run from a script by providing the necessary credentials in a file.

Getting Started

SGD 5.6 is for existing and new deployments on premises and in the cloud. SGD requires only a modest Oracle Linux instance to host the infrastructure, which can be scaled horizontally by adding additional SGD server nodes to handle load balancing. See the community article Getting Started: SGD Concepts and Configuration.

Customers with existing deployments of SGD 5.4, on any platform, can use the Backup/Restore Tool (oracle-sgd-backup-5.60.514 rpm or Solaris 11 pkg) to migrate their installations to SGD 5.6 on Oracle Linux 7.

For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure deployments, you can find Oracle Secure Global Desktop on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Navigating from the Marketplace will also allow you to deploy these images quickly from within the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console or launch a demo by clicking on the Launch Demo button. 

Experience for yourself how easy it is to deploy SGD on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. If you are not subscribed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you can try it out by creating a free account with available free credits.

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