New Smart Card Features for Oracle Desktop Virtualization
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on May 17, 2012
The Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure smart card software stack is one of the most versatile solutions, providing enhanced compatibility with more smart cards, and smart card middleware partner products, than ever before. By allowing applications to utilize the full addressing space and data storage capabilities of cards and middleware that use the extended APDU format, and by enhancing compatibility with PC/SC on Microsoft Windows, Oracle provides the fastest and most compatible performing smart card-based solutions for virtual desktops. In laboratory testing, smart card data transfer speeds up to 24 times faster than previous releases have been measured on Sun Ray 3 Series Clients, which means that operations such as PIN login and PKI are faster, and the user gets authenticated access to their desktop much more quickly.
With the use of a smart card, users can automatically launch their sessions without the need to enter their login credentials multiple times, saving time and increasing productivity. This enhanced smart card solution is extremely cost-effective and easy to implement, and is critical for environments where security and speed are a must - including healthcare, kiosks, and Point of Sale terminals.
|Fast auto-launch of sessions - with or without a PIN||Increases end-user productivity|
|Automatic identification of both user and card||Provides instant identification and security|
|User authentication with password, PIN and/or Biometrics||Provides additional security using multi-factor authentication|
|Manage smart cards at multiple levels - local user, sessions/domain||Gives administrators flexibility to choose a configuration that best suits their needs|
(This blog posted on behalf of Oracle's Michael Bender)