Tuesday Feb 19, 2013

Oracle Solaris Remote Lab Uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop!

Oracle Solaris Remote Lab (part of Oracle's Exastack Remote Labs) provides independent software vendors access to Oracle Solaris 11 11/11  environments (SPARC and x86) for validating their applications. The lab provides a simple and straight forward cloud interface for configuring an application test environment. It extensively leverages Oracle technologies, meets Oracle's stringent security requirements and is available to Oracle Partner Network members at the gold level and above. The Oracle Solaris Remote Lab leverages Oracle Secure Global Desktop to address many requirements. 
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop (coupled with Oracle Secure Global Desktop's Secure Gateway) provides access to Solaris desktops and terminal sessions from a variety of client devices and from anywhere in the world, allowing excellent performance even over high-latency WAN links.
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop (using the Client Drive Mapping or CDM feature) provides the ability to transfer files from user's local computers to the secure storage assigned to them within the Oracle Solaris Remote Lab
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop is used to secure each independent software vendor's data and desktop access. The lab implements a separate Oracle Secure Global Desktop server per partner which is isolated on a separate VLAN, allowing for a multi-tenant setup.
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop's web services API allows for seamless integration of functionality within Oracle Solaris Remote Labs' portal, resulting in a coherent user experience for independent software vendors.
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop's Secure Gateway allows independent software vendors access to their resources using only a single point of entry into the network.The role of this gateway is to direct each user's network traffic to the correct VLAN and, thus, to the correct VMs.

Tuesday Feb 05, 2013

Airbus Deploys Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Airbus, a world leader in the civil air transport market, employs approximately 52,000 people at sixteen sites in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain. The company relies on partnerships with major companies around the world and has a network of 1,500 suppliers in 30 countries.

Airbus uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide a dispersed workforce of aircraft designers, structural engineers, and other essential, ground-based staff with secure, real-time access to test results during flight trials. Technical teams no longer need to travel to the company’s center in Toulouse, and experts have the ability to start to evaluate results immediately. Using Oracle Secure Global Desktop has helped Airbus accelerate compliance with global aviation regulations, complete tests required by potential customers more quickly, and reduce time to market for new aircraft.

"Oracle Secure Global Desktop enables us to deliver real-time flight test data direct from the cockpit to any number of designers, engineers, component manufacturers, and other authorized users, regardless of location or client device." – Ghislain Banville, IT Architect, Flight Test Data Equipment, Airbus 

Read more details.

Friday Jan 18, 2013

Friday Tips #11

Earlier this week, Oracle hosted a really cool event, the Virtual SysAdmin Day. If you missed it and happen to be in EMEA (or willing to stay up late in other parts of the world!), you can join the next one we're having on January 29th. You can learn all about Oracle Solaris, Oracle VM, and Oracle Linux straight from the experts here at Oracle.

During the event, one of the audience members tweeted a question about Oracle storage. We asked if we could use the question for our Friday tips series and he graciously agreed. Storage has a huge impact on the performance and cost of virtualization (both server and desktop) deployments, so we thought a short definition of Oracle optimized storage and the Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance would be in order.

Question:
What exactly is this ZFS Storage Appliance? Is it just a simulator or actual usable production appliance? 

Answer by Christopher J. Martin,  Principal Product Manager, Oracle Optimized Solutions:
The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is Oracle’s preferred NAS storage system with unified storage capability for enterprise tier 1 environments that also simultaneously provides superior Block SAN features and performance. It offers a rich set of enterprise-class data services such as snapshots, clones and replication(local and remote) as well as industry-leading performance, and Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression- a feature for Oracle Databases.  These systems also feature a comprehensive and intuitive user interface and storage analytics environment that is unmatched in the industry in terms of its ease of use and simplicity.  This dramatically reduces management time and complexity, reducing operating expenses.  The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance offers compelling economics along with extreme performance and efficiency for enterprise storage. 

Thanks Chris!

We also covered storage briefly back in our second entry in this series where we had a question on linked clones.

Thanks for reading today. We'll be covering more storage topics in future tips as well as anything else you want to ask regarding Oracle virtualization. Just use #AskOracleVirtualization on Twitter and we'll try to get your question answered.

-Chris 

Wednesday Dec 19, 2012

Oracle Secure Global Desktop - Business Continuity During Snowstorm!

Capgemini, one of the world's largest management consulting, outsourcing and professional services companies, is an Oracle Secure Global Desktop customer and uses it to provide secure, remote access to 1) corporate applications centralized in the datacenter and 2) desktops hosted on Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

Earlier this month, one of Capgemini's government customers in Holland were advised to avoid traveling to work, due to a heavy snowstorm. This resulted in a lot of employees working from home. Thankfully due to their deployment of the Oracle Secure Global Desktop gateway, employees were able to easily access their corporate applications and desktops from home and anywhere outside of their office. Capgemini reports that during the days of the snowstorm, a record number of users leveraged Oracle Secure Global Desktop (servers and gateway). Despite this record usage, Oracle Secure Global Desktop remained perfectly stable and allowed users to seamlessly access their applications and desktops.

This is a great example of how Oracle Secure Global Desktop allows employee productivity and business continuity even during severe weather conditions such as snowstorms. We are delighted to have enabled business continuity for Capgemini's customers, and look forward to our continued relationship with Capgemini.

This blog has been approved for posting by Capgemini.

Friday Nov 02, 2012

Lots of great stuff going on with Oracle Secure Global Desktop!

You're probably familiar with Oracle Secure Global Desktop, our solution for providing secure, browser-based access to Oracle Applications and other enterprise software. It's a fantastic product and one I've been personally involved with for nearly a decade! I wanted to give you a quick update on all the fantastic things that are going on with it:

First, we have done a few videos with Oracle's Mohan Prabhala at trade shows recently. You can get a quick product refresher and an update on the latest new features by watching these:




Next, we talked at length with Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth on Brian and Gabe LIVE about Oracle Secure Global Desktop. Click here or on the screenshot below to go to the brianmadden.com video. Part 1 focuses on Oracle Secure Global Desktop.

Listen toward the end for Brian to say, “I kinda want this actually at TechTarget right now.”

The analysts are talking about us, too. When we released Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, Chris Wolf over at Gartner had this to say on Twitter.

Last, just a quick reminder for existing Oracle Applications customers that Oracle Secure Global Desktop is easy for you to leverage for secure application access. Oracle Secure Global desktop is certified for use with Oracle browser-based applications such as Primavera, E-Business Suite and with Exalogic. Steven Chan over at the E-Business Suite Technology blog gives a great explanation of how Oracle Secure Global Desktop works with E-Business Suite, as an example.

As the title says, lots of great stuff going on!

-Chris

Monday Oct 15, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld 2012, Live From The Show Floor Videos

At shows like Oracle OpenWorld, we like to catch up with the session speakers and other experts with short video clips that we post on our YouTube channel. For Oracle OpenWorld 2012, we put together this handy playlist of server and desktop virtualization related videos:

We were also able to catch up with a few Oracle Linux partners at the Oracle Linux Pavillion. You can find those videos here:

And if you'd like to look at the slides for any of our virtualization presentations or any other Oracle OpenWorld session, have a look at the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 content catalog. There's a lot of great information there!

 -Chris

Monday Oct 08, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Live 2012 Videos

The Oracle virtualization team is back from a very successful Oracle OpenWorld! Hopefully you were able to come to the show and talk with our virtualization experts at the demo booths or in our sessions. But if you didn't, you can get a summary of what we talked about from a number of short videos. In this post, we're going to highlight the Oracle OpenWorld Live videos, and in a future post we'll cover the videos we shot ourselves (once we get them all posted!).

If you missed it, Oracle OpenWorld Live carried keynotes and interviews with all kinds of folks during the show. They also archived these segments so you can watch them at your leisure. I've gone through the videos and selected some that highlight virtualization:

If we missed you this year, we hope to see you at OpenWorld 2013!

-Chris 

Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Windows Server Certified As Oracle Secure Global Desktop Clients With Oracle E-Business Suite 12

We are proud to announce the certification of Oracle Secure Global Desktop for use with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 virtualized environments acting as desktop clients connecting to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments.  32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Server are certified. These combinations may also be used in conjunction with Oracle VM, if required.

Oracle E-Business Suite customers and partners may now use Oracle Secure Global Desktop as an access layer for Oracle Applications, knowing that Oracle fully certifies this particular scenario. For more details, please refer to this Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog or My Oracle Support (Note 1491211.1)

Thursday Aug 16, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 Released!

Today we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, the latest release of Oracle's enterprise-class software to simplify access to server-hosted applications. Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 has gone through tens of thousands of hours of engineering and quality assurance hours, to make the product rock-solid. This new release delivers significant enhancements which provide rich user experiences, enhanced security, faster deployment, exceptional application responsiveness and expanded list of supported server operating systems and internet browsers.
  • Rich User Experiences: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, users can run multiple applications on different physical monitors attached to their client device. This increases productivity for users in organizations such as call centers, financial institutions etc. Also with this release, improved performance for 3-D applications utilizing OpenGL 1.3 graphics extensions is supported. The above capabilities are achieved due to incorporating a new protocol engine, based on the X.org foundation X Server release X11R7.6. In addition, Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 now supports audio-input capability for server-hosted Windows applications. This allows use of conferencing, training etc applications with Oracle Secure Global Desktop. 
  • Enhanced Security: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, connections to the server are made secure by default, during installation. This ensures optimal out-of-the-box security, eliminating the need for additional post installation tasks by the administrator and ensuring consistency for large enterprise deployments. Secure mode installation also enables connections between the Oracle Secure Global Desktop servers in an array to be encrypted.  For more information, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Security Guide for Release 4.7.
  • Faster Deployment: With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. A new Oracle VM 3 template that includes Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 and Oracle Linux 5.8 can easily be imported and cloned from as a virtual machine within Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7.
  • Supported for Latest Platforms: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, support for the latest internet browsers including Internet Explorer 9, Chrome and the latest Firefox ESR has been added. In addition, Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 servers can now be installed and are supported on Oracle Linux 6 and Solaris 11 operating systems.
  • Exceptional application responsiveness: Exalogic is hardware and software engineered together to provide extreme performance for Java applications, Oracle Applications, and all other enterprise applications. Oracle Secure Global Desktop can run on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to provide secure remote access directly to Oracle Applications co-resident in Exalogic for an exceptionally responsive user experience. The following video from Oracle product management provides more details.

For more details regarding Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 documentation

Oracle's press announcement regarding this release can be found here.

Wednesday Aug 15, 2012

Gabe Knuth Talks About Oracle Secure Global Desktop

I was really happy to see that Gabe Knuth over at brianmadden.com wrote a piece on our Oracle Secure Global Desktop. He goes a little bit into the background of the product, which is great because the software has quite a long history. I've been personally involved with the product for a lot of that time, so it was especially good to see it for me. We'll explore some of that history in another post, but for now, have a read about what Gabe has to say:

Oracle Secure Global Desktop is still around? That's what I thought, too!

And if you want a quick refresher on what Oracle Secure Global Desktop does, our very own Jeff Reilly can give you a quick overview in this video from last year's Oracle OpenWorld:

-Chris 

Thursday Aug 09, 2012

Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway Enables 'Anywhere Access'

A few weeks back, I wrote a blog post on how Catholic Education South Australia leverages Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide services anytime, anywhere. One of the questions I get asked is what enables Oracle Secure Global Desktop to allow access to applications or services 'anywhere'. The answer lies in one of Oracle Secure Global Desktop's most popular features - the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway (SGD Gateway).

The SGD Gateway comes included (at no additional cost) with purchase of Oracle Secure Global Desktop. The SGD Gateway is a proxy server designed to be deployed in a demilitarized zone (DMZ), which in turn connects to an array of Oracle Secure Global Desktop servers located on the internal network of an organization. Additionally, all connections can be authenticated in the DMZ before any connections are made to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop servers in the array. Connections between client devices and SGD Gateway use port 443. Hence, this does not require administrators to obtain additional approvals for use of non-standard ports in the DMZ. 

The SGD Gateway consists of the following components:

  • Routing proxy: A Java technology-based application that routes Adaptive Internet Protocol (AIP) data connections to an Oracle Secure Global Desktop server. Keystores in the routing proxy contain the certificates and private keys used to secure connections for the SGD Gateway. The routing proxy uses routing tokens to manage AIP connections. A routing token is a signed, encrypted message that identifies the origin and destination Oracle Secure Global Desktop server for a route.
  • Reverse proxy: An Apache web server, configured to operate in reverse proxy mode. The reverse proxy also performs load balancing of HTTP connections.


To learn more about the SGD Gateway, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway Administration Guide.

Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

Why Use Oracle Secure Global Desktop with Oracle Primavera Applications

Oracle Primavera is the leading Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) solution for project-intensive industries. It offers best-in-class capabilities focused on mission critical PPM requirements of industries like engineering & construction, discrete and process manufacturing, public administration, financial services and others. Oracle Primavera enables enterprise agility, team productivity, portfolio predictability and overall project management efficiency. The result is the ability to drive down costs, minimize risk and deliver results to key stakeholders.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop provides the ability to use Primavera P6 applications on a variety of client devices even when users only have access to high-latency WAN or asynchronous dial-up connections. High performance is achieved by using Oracle Secure Global Desktop’s Adaptive Internet Protocol (AIP), which employs heuristics to determine the type of device and network connection in use, and dynamically adapts to optimize performance

Publish Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management applications using Oracle Secure Global Desktop to solve problems like:

  • Remote users experiencing slow performance issues due to high latency
  • Administrators needing to restrict Primavera P6 access to SSL connections only
  • Administrators needing to publish controlled application environments

To learn more about how to publish Oracle Primavera applications when using Oracle Secure Global Desktop, please refer to this document.

Wednesday Aug 01, 2012

Videos from BriForum Chicago 2012

We had a really wonderful show at BriForum Chicago last week! Thanks to everyone for stopping by our booth and coming to our session. It was great to meet all of you, answer questions, and get to hear about how you're using desktop virtualization.

We recorded some videos at the show, and got into a couple of areas we haven't yet touched on. One, is a video in Spanish by Jorge Angel. Another really interesting one is with Brad Lackey where explains the architectural security differences with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. We also have a video from our featured speaker Phillip Fiedler from Open Technologies, giving a quick summary of his session. Really interesting stuff! Here are the videos we did on the show floor:

This is the official video made by the brianmadden.com folks of our demo. The video is hosted there, so you'll need to click the thumbnail here and hop over to their page to see it, but it's worth it!

-Chris

Monday Jul 30, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle VM 3 Templates Available for Sun Ray Software 5.3

Following up from our announcement of Oracle VM 3 templates for Oracle Secure Global Desktop last month, today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle VM 3 templates for Sun Ray Software version 5.3. 

With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. In this case, the supported operating system (Oracle Linux 5.7), and Sun Ray Software 5.3 product is packaged together into a template that one can easily import and clone from as a virtual machine in Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Sun Ray Software within Oracle VM 3. 

Login into the Oracle VM section at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud  (click on 'Cloud Portal (Main)' at the top-right) and, Under Oracle VM templates - x86 64-bit, look for
  • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Sun Ray Software Media Pack for x86_64 (64 bit) (64 bit)
    • Oracle VM 3 template for Sun Ray Software 5.3 with Oracle Linux 5.7 (64-bit)

Once you download the above template, you must 

  1. First import the assembly (ova) file that you downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
  2. Next, create a virtual machine template from the assembly
  3. And finally create a virtual machine from the template

Once the virtual machine is created and starts up, make sure you enter the networking parameters (hostname, IP address, netmask, gateway etc), and optional user parameters correctly. You must also enter a root password during first boot. And that's it - the Sun Ray Software installation script will automatically pick up the networking parameters, prompt for confirmation and complete a default installation.

Once the installation is complete, you may may then begin to use a supported Sun Ray hardware client or Oracle Virtual Desktop Client software to connect to the Sun Ray server and use the default Oracle Linux desktop. You may also want to refer to the Sun Ray Software Administration Guide to learn more about Sun Ray Software and its capabilities.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2012

Live from the show floor at BriForum Chicago 2012

The Oracle desktop virtualization team is on the show floor here at day 2 of BriForum in Chicago. As you might have read on this blog before, BriForum is just a fantastic event. The sessions here cover current industries trends and best practices, but my favorite sessions are the "thought leaders" style talks. There are a lot of really smart people at this show and they share their latest thinking on desktop virtualization with the attendees. Think TED talks, but focused on desktop virtualization. Really great stuff.

Oracle is very proud to be a platinum sponsor of this event. We're sponsoring giveaways, lunch tomorrow, and we have a nice booth showing off our desktop virtualization portfolio. We also had a speaking session yesterday that featured Brad Lackey from Oracle and Phillip Fiedler from our partner Open Technologies. Brad and Phillip gave the crowd some real world tips for deploying VDI, with a focus on the healthcare use case.

To get a sense of what we're doing here, you can head over to the Oracle virtualization YouTube channel. We've posted a couple of videos there already, with more to come. 

If you missed us at BriForum, keep an eye on this blog, Twitter, and Facebook for your next opportunity to see Oracle desktop virtualization in person. And if you're going to Oracle OpenWorld, there are a number of sessions you can attend focused on desktop virtualization.

-Chris
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