Tuesday Nov 13, 2012

DOAG 2012 and Educause 2012

Oracle understands the value of desktop virtualization and how customers have really embraced it as a top tier method to deliver access to applications and data. Just as supporting operating systems other than Windows in the enterprise desktop space started to become necessary perhaps 5-7 years ago, supporting desktop virtualization with VDI, application virtualization, thin clients, and tablet access is becoming necessary today in 2012. Any application strategy needs to have a secure mobile component, and a solution that gives you a holistic strategy across both mobile and fixed-asset (i.e., desktop PCs) devices is crucial to success.

This means it's probably useful to learn about desktop virtualization, even if it's not in your typical area of responsibility. A good way to do that is at one of the many trade shows where we exhibit. Here are two examples: 

DOAG 2012 Conference + Exhibition

The DOAG Conference is fast approaching, starting November 20th in Nuernberg, Germany. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you might remember that we attended last year as well.

This conference is fantastic for us because we get to speak directly to users of Oracle products. In many cases, those DBAs, IT managers, and other infrastructure folks are looking for ways to deal with the burgeoning BYOD model, as well as ways of streamlining their standard desktop and access technologies. We have a couple of sessions where you can learn a great deal about how Oracle can help with these points.

Session Schedule (look under "Infrastruktur & Hardware")

The two sessions focused on desktop virtualization are:
  • Oracle VDI Best Practice unter Linux (Oracle VDI Best Practice Under Linux)
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Implementierungen und Praxiserfahrungen (Virtual Desktop Infrastructures Implementations and Best Practices)
We will also have experts on hand at the booth to answer your questions on using desktop virtualization. If you're at the show, please stop by and say hello to our team there!

Educause 2012 

Another good example is Educause. We've gone the last few years to show off a slough of education oriented applications and capabilities in the Oracle product portfolio. And every year, we display those applications through Oracle desktop virtualization. This means the demonstration can easily be setup ahead of time and replicated out to however many "demo pods" that we have available. There's no need for our product teams to setup individual laptops for demos -- we can display a standardized Windows desktop virtual machine with their apps all ready to go on a whole bunch of devices like your standard trade show laptop, our Sun Ray Clients, and iPad.

Educause 2012 just wrapped, so we're sorry we missed you this year. But there is always next year! Until then, here are a few pictures from this year's show:

You can also watch this video to see how Catholic Education Australia uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop to help cope with the ever changing ways that people access their applications. 

-Chris 

Thursday Jun 28, 2012

Oracle Secure Global Desktop Provides Services Anytime, Anywhere!

At Catholic Education South Australia,  more than 6,000 staff care for over 48,000 students in 103 schools. In this short video, listen to their CIO Tom Mittiga, talk about how Catholic Education South Australia leverages Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide services anytime, anywhere and with exceptional performance!

Friday Oct 28, 2011

Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure at EduCause 2011

Oracle participated as a gold sponsor and exhibitor last week at the 2011 EDUCAUSE Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.  What is EDUCAUSE?  It is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. The annual conference is a gathering to discuss and share the state of technology in higher education. 

This year there was a particular emphasis on online courses, cloud hosted learning management systems, and digital publishing.  A Forbes blog post by James Marshall Crotty entitled "Future Of Education Is Mobile, Social, and in the Cloud: Lessons from EduCause" discusses this emphasis, but interesting to me is by including the words "Mobile" and Cloud" in its title creates a correlation to what Oracle showcased.  The title I would use to describe what Oracle showed at EduCause is "The Future Of The Educational Desktop Is Mobile, Virtual, and in the Cloud."


So, what made the Oracle booth so interesting at EduCause?  This year's booth showcased Oracle Applications for education, hardware, and virtualization technology engineered to deliver a cloud hosted educational desktop experience certified to work with Oracle web based applications.  Oh yeah, and mobile, too.

There is significant value for the emphasis of online courses, cloud hosted LMS, and digital publishing, but what about bringing more value to the traditional desktop and applications still heavily leveraged in higher education?  How do we change for the better the educational desktop experience, improve the workflow and productivity for students, faculty and staff?  This is the focus of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Clients combined with Oracle Applications for education.

 Sounds great I know, but give me some examples.

  • Consider the ability for educational IT to provide a standardized desktop and application service to faculty, staff and students that is secure, works the same wherever you access it, and can be backed up and managed centrally.
  • A service that increases the productivity of all users by allowing the desktop and application state to be resumed anywhere you are without the risk of losing data or productivity.  A service that is tailored to the individual roles and needs of faculty, students, and staff.
  • Provide educational IT a way to deal with the challenges imposed by the consumerization of IT and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model and still address manageability, security, and quality of service.
  • Allow students and faculty on the go to securely access more than just online courses and published content, but a full educational desktop experience on tablet devices, laptops, PC's and browsers.

To achieve these goals Oracle combines Oracle Applications for education, Oracle Identity Management and Enterprise Single Sign-on for authenticated and role based application access.   Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Clients extend this to include authenticated desktop access,  desktop and application mobility, and security.  

Security is increasingly an emphasis in higher education as the complexities increase for protecting identities, content, and rights of students, faculty, and staff in a mobile cloud hosted model.  The proliferation of devices (tablets, laptops, smartphones) along with social and digital content with cloud based applications create even greater stress on meeting security needs.  Oracle is changing the focus from supporting devices and applications on devices to a virtual desktop and applications accessed from a variety of devices model, giving educational IT greater power to address security.

Enough writing, lets see some examples in action from the Oracle EduCause booth.

Tanya Adams shows the Oracle PeopleSoft self-service application for education being accessed from a virtual desktop and displayed on a Sun Ray Client.  Tanya then shows how she can move the desktop and application to a iPad tablet without losing any work and have full access to her applications (Yes, even Flash on an iPad):

Michael Rogers shows the Oracle Campus Solutions being accessed from a virtual desktop and, like Tanya, is using a Sun Ray Client with desktop mobility:


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