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Secure Cloud Access with Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Honglin Su
Sr. Director of Product Management

As more customers are relying on the Cloud to deliver their business services, it's increasingly important that any organizations provide employees and their customers access to their specific application environments from any location, reliably and with no performance degradation. In addition, the IT organizations or Cloud providers need to centrally administer access to the infrastructure across multiple locations worldwide.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is the secure remote access solution for any cloud-hosted enterprise applications and desktops running on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris and mainframe servers, from a wide range of popular client devices.

With broad range of protocol support such as RDP, X11, HTTP/HTTPS, ssh, and so on, SGD has a lot of flexibility to deliver remote applications through remote display. Enterprises and Cloud providers can take advantage of Oracle Secure Global Desktop to quickly provide a true remote console to customers for both a serial console or graphics console for the physical machines or virtual machines for the cloud operations. Furthermore, SGD now uses HTML5 to display a window or any applications, and it has LDAP and Single Sign On (SSO) integration to align with your operation requirements. 

Recently Oracle announced SGD 5.3 which introduces a few key enhancements to complement your open cloud infrastructure, built on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM:

  • Oracle Linux 7 Support: Oracle Linux 7 is now a supported installation platform for the main SGD component and the SGD Gateway. The SGD Enhancement Module can now be installed on Oracle Linux 7 application servers. In addition, Oracle Linux 7 is now a supported client platform for the SGD Client.
  • Integration with Oracle VM and VirtualBox: SGD 5.3 introduces the new application server objects to enable closer integration with Oracle VM Server (via Oracle VM Manager 3.4 or 3.3) and Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0. SGD can now request a virtual machine on an Oracle VM or VirtualBox environment.
  • Support for Deploying SGD as a VM Template:  A new command, tarantella prepare, enables Administrators to prepare an SGD deployment as a VM template. This makes it easier to deploy SGD on a hypervisor and to integrate SGD with cloud services.
  • Discovering an SGD Gateway: This release includes the tarantella discover gateway command, for automatic discovery and configuration of an SGD Gateway. The command automatically configures the Gateway for use with the SGD server where the command is run.
  • Automatic Installation of the SGD Client Using Java Web Start - The SGD Client can be installed automatically using Java Web Start software. SGD users no longer require a compatible version of Java Plug-in software to be installed and enabled in their browser.
  • IPv6 Support for SGD Gateway Deployments: SGD now supports IPv6 network addresses for deployments using an SGD Gateway. IPv6 is supported for connections between the client device and the Gateway. IPv6 support is enabled automatically for a standard installation of the Gateway.

For more details on SGD and the new release,  please consult the release notes in the documentation. To get started, you can download the SGD software from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud by following the instructions on Oracle Technology Network.

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