Nowadays the "Cloud" provides us helpful services, primarily accessed either within an App, or directly by web browser if it is a web based application. The benefit for the customer is the ability to dynamically grow or shrink their footprint, based on demand, and not worry about how the service is built, the security involved and the reliability. The service is there. The service is provided with servers, storage, database, network etc. This is called the cloud infrastructure.
With the move into public clouds, there are challenges, however. First, how to integrate legacy applications for users which used to be accessed inside corporate LANs accessing resources in on-premise data centers? Second, how to grant secure, controlled, documented access for maintenance?
The answer for both is Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD).
Oracle Secure Global Desktop allows to deploy legacy Windows or Linux application within the cloud and securely access them remotely via a browser based interface. The application runs in the cloud and thus has access to services like databases, now residing in the cloud. No ports other than SSL need to be opened and no data is leaving the datacenter. Further more, applications can be configured to be persistent, which means they can continue to run even when the user disconnects (loss of networking) or elects to continue work from a different end-point at a different time.
But even without the presence of legacy applications, access for maintenance of cloud assets (IaaS, SaaS or PaaS) needs to be considered as well. Be it for patching or incident management not handled by the cloud provider, a customer needs to securely access remote resources, usually via SSH (putty), RDP or X11, all of which require additional ports to be opened or sophisticated management for public keys with limited control of who has access to what resource at what time.
Oracle Secure Global Desktop is the solution for secure cloud access. There are no client components and no agents. Just implement this software based solution within your cloud infrastructure, and select users can be authorized to access select applications to specific resources in the cloud. Additionally SGD allows access to heterogeneous cloud environments, independent from the OS running on the client.
And if you need more control, like documenting administrators interactions with data and services in the Cloud (recording of users interaction with the application, like video evidence), controlled policy based access, dual control (4-eyes principal) and access reports, have a look into the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Extensions provided by VISULOX from Amitego.