Thursday May 17, 2012

New Smart Card Features for Oracle Desktop Virtualization

Sun Ray Software 5.3 and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4 now include a completely new and improved smart card software stack for Sun Ray 3 Series Clients and clients installed with Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.1. The new smart card software stack allows end users to quickly and easily login to their virtual desktops and applications, and offers users an even more secure virtual desktop environment by providing the capability of using two-factor authentication - what you have (your smart card) and what you know (your PIN). Some partner products can also add biometric authentication in conjunction with PIN authentication, thus providing three-factor authentication, making Sun Ray Clients one of the most secure virtual desktop thin client solutions in the industry.

The new smart card software stack allows administrators to easily deploy smart card solutions with Sun Ray 3 Series thin clients or Oracle Virtual Desktop Client on PC, Mac or Linux desktops in their environment.

The Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure smart card software stack is one of the most versatile solutions, providing enhanced compatibility with more smart cards, and smart card middleware partner products, than ever before. By allowing applications to utilize the full addressing space and data storage capabilities of cards and middleware that use the extended APDU format, and by enhancing compatibility with PC/SC on Microsoft Windows, Oracle provides the fastest and most compatible performing smart card-based solutions for virtual desktops. In laboratory testing, smart card data transfer speeds up to 24 times faster than previous releases have been measured on Sun Ray 3 Series Clients, which means that operations such as PIN login and PKI are faster, and the user gets authenticated access to their desktop much more quickly.

With the use of a smart card, users can automatically launch their sessions without the need to enter their login credentials multiple times, saving time and increasing productivity. This enhanced smart card solution is extremely cost-effective and easy to implement, and is critical for environments where security and speed are a must - including healthcare, kiosks, and Point of Sale terminals.

Feature Benefit
Fast auto-launch of sessions - with or without a PIN Increases end-user productivity
Automatic identification of both user and card Provides instant identification and security
User authentication with password, PIN and/or Biometrics Provides additional security using multi-factor authentication
Manage smart cards at multiple levels - local user, sessions/domain  Gives administrators flexibility to choose a configuration that best suits their needs

(This blog posted on behalf of Oracle's Michael Bender) 

Tuesday May 15, 2012

Oracle Virtualization: Live in a City Near You!

It's been a very busy time for virtualization here at Oracle! One of the things we really like doing is getting out at trade shows to meet and talk to customers and show them our solutions first hand. 

We've been at a number of shows recently. Here is a short list of shows we've done just in the last few weeks:

Collaborate 12 (Oracle user community)
ICMI ACCE 2012 (contact centers) 

A recurring theme at these shows is how we can help customers deploy applications faster. One of the key benefits of Oracle Virtualization (both server and desktop) is that your Oracle Applications and virtualization (and servers and storage!) are all from the same vendor. This helps everything work together smoothly, which can cut down your test/deploy/fix time considerably.

Here are some pictures from ICMI ACCE 12:



And here are some pictures from Collaborate 12:

We hope you can get out to one of these trade shows and see our products in action! Speaking of which, we're getting close to our presence at BriForum London, May 23-24. We'll have live blogs from the show floor, Twitter and Facebook updates, nearly live videos on our Oracle Virtualization YouTube channel, and more. If you're going, we hope to see you there!

-Chris

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Tuesday May 08, 2012

Oracle Desktop Virtualization Security Solution at DISA Mission Partner Conference 2012

Oracle desktop virtualization is showcased with the Oracle Cross Domain Security Solution and Oracle Systems at the DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) Mission Partner Conference 2012.  This annual DISA conference brings together decision-makers and subject-matter experts from the military services, combatant commands, industry, and academia to share information and ideas that are of mutual interest and are critical to helping the U.S. Department of Defense achieve mission success.  The conference also features a list of stellar speakers including Oracle President Mark Hurd as the featured speaker on Wednesday May 8, 2012.

Oracle Sun Ray Clients and Oracle Solaris with Trusted Extensions are key elements of the accredited Cross Domain Security Solution used by the U.S. Federal Government.  The Oracle Solution for Single Level Security adds the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure software for the secure access and provisioning of Windows 7 Virtual Desktops.

This years DISA Conference theme is “The Joint Enterprise: Delivered Through Partnership.”  As described by Lt. General Ronnie Hawkins: "DISA realizes that delivering an enterprise that improves security, enhances effectiveness, achieves efficiency, enables innovation, and reduces the warfighter’s burden can be achieved by working with our mission partners".

Oracle Sun Ray Clients are featured at the Oracle Booth for the DISA 2012 Mission Assurance Conference. Solaris Trusted Extensions provide the cross domain multi-level security solution shown to the left with green and red window labeling indicating the security level.

Integrated labeling enforce secure access across security domains and applications including access to Windows desktops hosted on Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.  The Oracle Cross Domain Security Solution supports the Federal Government Common Access Card and SIPR Token Cards.

Lt. General Ronnie Hawkins stops by the Oracle Booth to discuss the Oracle Cross Domain Security Solution with Oracle sales consultants at the DISA Mission Partner Conference 2012.

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