By Sunil.Dusankar-Oracle on Apr 30, 2015
We are pleased to announce general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2.
Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is a 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, including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux PCs, and tablets such as the Apple iPad and Android-based devices. Oracle Secure Global Desktop gives users the ability to work securely from any device and anywhere, while providing administrators the tools they need to control access to applications and desktop environments resident in the data center.
What's New in SGD Release 5.2
- Monitoring with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control - This release delivers plug-ins to enable centralized monitoring of multi-server SGD deployment in Oracle Enterprise Manager. These plug-ins monitor and analyze the health and performance of SGD servers and gateway servers. For SGD servers, the plug-in captures various performance and configuration metrics such as array status, users and applications, data store objects, SGD system process, versions and patches. For gateway servers, various performance and configuration metrics are captured, including connections being serviced, registered SGD servers, versions and patches. Plug-in metrics data can be processed by reporting tools such as Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.
The image shows a sample SGD array monitoring page (click to view larger image)
- Single Sign-On (SSO) integration with Oracle Access Manager - Enables instant access to applications, with a user entering credentials only once. This release integrates Oracle Secure Global Desktop with Oracle Access Manager, enabling the Single Sign-On (SSO) feature of Oracle Access Manager to authenticate users to an SGD server and to remote applications started from the SGD workspace. Single Sign-On enables SGD users to access multiple applications with a single login and greatly simplifies password management.
- Role-based administration and enhancements - Provide flexible control over administration. New roles for SGD administrators have been introduced that add different levels of administration privileges and access control to the SGD Administration Console. New commands introduced in this release simplify the process of installing software updates (patches) for an SGD deployment. The Administration Console can now be used, in addition to the command line, to join an SGD server to an array that uses secure intra-array communication.
- PulseAudio integration - Prior to this release, the Unix audio solution worked with applications that used OSS on Linux or SADA on Solaris. This release allows audio redirection from applications that use PulseAudio, increasing the range of audio applications supported by SGD. Also, added support for audio input functionality on Unix brings the Unix audio feature set in line with that on Windows and allows applications compatible with OSS, SADA or PulseAudio to use audio input.
- Enhanced security and performance/emulations improvements - In addition to new features and expanded server, client and browser support, this release also delivers enhance security and performance, and provide a richer user experience over a range of network conditions.
- A Password Manager has been introduced to allow users control over caching of credentials, up to the level permitted by the administrator.
- Greater control of autocomplete behavior is available in SGD web applications. 'Sensitive fields' always have autocomplete disabled and autocomplete can be disabled for non-sensitive fields on a per-application basis.
- Improved security with HTTP proxies. Proxy server support has been extended to negotiate, digest, and NTLM authentication when connecting to SGD through HTTP proxy servers. This means that clients configured for Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) can now be used.
- Optimizations improve scrolling and responsiveness in X applications, benefiting high latency environments.
- Improvements in the handling of RDP have reduced both CPU and bandwidth requirements for transferring data and have improved the user experience by increasing responsiveness and reducing tiling and tearing artefacts.
Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2 maintains its 'slot-in' simplicity while integrating more closely with Oracle products, technologies and solutions such as Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, and, Oracle Access Manager.
For more details refer to Oracle Secure Global Desktop release 5.2 documentation.
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