If you are involved with end user applications in your organization, you've probably come across the following hurdles:
People want to work from home, and they might even be against installing VPN software.
People want work on various machines, not just their work issued laptop or desktop.
Users want to work on non-Windows devices like Apple's popular Macbook Pro, or Linux PCs.
Applications aren't always on Windows--some legacy applications are perfectly usable, but still run on AS/400 or mainframes.
One of the simplest ways to provide access to all of your applications (from Oracle or other vendors) is to use Oracle Secure Global Desktop. It allows you to host the client side of the applications on dedicated Application Servers in the data center, which are tightly controlled and managed by IT. And it provides a simple, web-browser based way for users to access those applications remotely from Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Solaris. The users don't have to be concerned about installing any client bits or complicated VPN software, or even what platform the application is designed for. And if you're providing access to Oracle Applications, you'll be happy to know that all browser-based Oracle Applications are certified for use with Oracle Secure Global Desktop.
If you'd like to learn more, don't miss our live webcast on Thursday of this week. You'll also have an opportunity to get your questions answered by our Oracle Secure Global Desktop experts.
Simplified, Anywhere, Applications Access with Oracle Secure Global Desktop
Happy new year! Heading into 2012, many healthcare industry experts are saying this is the year where healthcare and mobility finally converge. It's a worthy goal–healthcare services are performed at many different locations (physician's office, specialist's office, hospitals, clinics, and so on), it's only natural to expect every provider to have access to patient data from nearly anywhere.
Tools like the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client allow caregivers to access patient data on the go with iPad, and in their offices, hospitals and other clinical locations on PCs and thin clients. Security and mobility are key IT challenges for healthcare, and Oracle's desktop virtualization portfolio was designed specifically with these tenets in mind.
As a great example, have a look at how Medical University of South Carolina is using Oracle desktop virtualization to improve efficiency in clinical documentation.
To ensure security of patient data, medical organizations require caregivers to login and out of their sessions as they move from location to location. However, this log in/out process when done natively with Microsoft Windows can be extremely time consuming. Especially since clinical PCs need to be thoroughly protected from computer viruses and other nefarious activities. This usually requires running fairly heavyweight scanning/protection software, which naturally do the bulk of their work on login.
Enter the virtual desktop metaphor and things change quite a bit. With desktop virtualization, the caregiver's desktop runs continually on a server in the data center. As the physician or nurse move between locations, they simply login to their already running desktop and resume working right where they left off. This can be done with username and password, and depending on the level of protection required, can be extended to include smart card based access or other higher security authentication systems. Security scans can even be set to run when it's likely the desktop won't be actively used (off shift) to further increase performance and productivity when a caregiver is online.
It's truly a revolutionary way to access patient data and we're pleased to see customers like Medical University of South Carolina utilizing Oracle to meet their healthcare IT challenges.
Also, stay tuned for more information on an upcoming webcast we'll be having on this topic in February.
In November, Oracle's Rolf-Per Thulin of our Germany office attended DOAG 2011. He filed this trip report we wanted to share with you:
Oracle VDI on the European Developer Conference DOAG 2011
In November we demonstrated Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure at the biggest European Oracle user group conference and exhibition. It is DOAG, a German independent Oracle User Group. They have over 5000 members and more than 2000 people were at DOAG in Nuernberg, Germany. The visitors came from Switzerland and Austria.
1. Exhibition 'Oracle Virtual Desktop in the Cloud'
Sun Ray 3 Client with VPN securely connected to the Oracle Solution Center in England, displaying virtual machines running Windows, Linux and Solaris desktops from the central data center. You need only smart cards to share the Sun Ray Client and choose your desktop. Very easy to use. So you have highly secure access from everywhere 'out of the box'. The operating system for the desktop broker is Solaris, but you can also choose Oracle Linux. We showed the same desktop on iPad with the free Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for iPad application.
2. Cinema session life demos
'Matrix: The Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in Practice' we showed the complete Oracle VDI stack on a laptop running in virtual machines. The ZFS storage component was also in a virtual machine. You should not do this in production, but for demos it works very well. Look for the slides on the DOAG site if you are a member of the DOAG organization.
3. Presentation 'Oracle VDI Best Practice and Unit Selling Points'
We explained when to use each of the supported hypervisors and covered three VDI reference stories for call center, healthcare and public sector. If you area a DOAG member you can download the presentation from the DOAG site.
If you haven't seen them before, you should have a look at our calculators for both server and desktop virtualization. These online calculators let you experiment with different scenarios and see the total cost of ownership in real world dollars for various solutions:
These tools have been available for a little while, but remembering the URLs to them may have been difficult. To make this easier, we now have direct access URLs for both TCO calculators. They are:
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:
One of the more exciting events for the desktop virtualization team at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 was the annual Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards. Every year, Oracle accepts nominations for customers who have outstanding green IT initiatives and lead on environmental issues in the enterprise. This year, we are very proud to say that 3 out of the 12 winners are Oracle desktop virtualization customers! They are:
The fact that these customers use Oracle desktop virtualization in their green IT architectures is solid evidence of the ecological benefits of desktop virtualization and thin client computing. Congratulations to our customers for their forward thinking and eco-responsibility!
The desktop virtualization team is on-site starting this afternoon at 2011 EDUCAUSE in Philadelphia, PA. This is another trade show where all of the Oracle demos are being hosted and displayed using the Oracle desktop virtualization portfolio.
Using desktop virtualization in a trade show booth is really a perfect application because it allows attendees to view whatever demo they want at any of the demo pods. Gone are the days where everyone is crowded around one pod waiting for a demo while another pod stands idle! It also allows for easy setup from templates that can be easily swapped or re-used from show to show (we're using the same set of backend servers and Sun Ray Clients that we used last week at Cerner Health Conference for this show, just with different virtual desktop images!).
This premise also translates into everyday business and education scenarios, too. For example, a computer lab in a school can use desktop virtualization to share student workstations, but keep a persistent environment for each student. Or a contact center can allow agents to work at any available work space, simply by logging in to their dedicated virtual desktop from any available workspace.
For 2011 EDUCAUSE, we're very excited to be hosting the Oracle demos in booth 526. If you happen to be there, please stop by and have a look at Oracle desktop virtualization in action.
Thanks to everyone who made Oracle OpenWorld 2011 a great success! If you missed the show or want to review content you saw during the sessions, you can now download many of the presentations from the OpenWorld site here:
Most of the virtualization sessions can be found by simply selecting Oracle Virtualization (under "Server and Storage Systems") in the Track field. Or if you'd prefer, keyword searching and other mechanisms are available as well.
This site is open to the public, not just OpenWorld attendees. So even if you weren't able to join us in San Francisco, you can go download PDFs of the content that was presented.
We posted a blog on Friday about our presence at the Cerner Health Conference 2011. At the show, all of the Oracle demos are being displayed with Oracle desktop virtualization and Sun Ray Clients. Here are some near real-time pics of the show floor:
The show is expected to draw about 3,000 healthcare IT professionals from around the world. Much like Social Avenue at OpenWorld 2011, all of the demos are being done on Sun Ray Clients and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Oracle desktop virtualization is a perfect technology match for healthcare applications and use cases, so if you're going to the show please find us in the exhibits and have a look for yourself.
Oracle OpenWorld 2011 is now in the books and we appreciate all the folks that attended our virtualization sessions and kept track of us through our social media channels!
We have posted a few videos and have several more in the pipeline for you, but for now, have a look at this video from Adam Hawley (Senior Director, Virtualization Product Management), mentioning some of the highlights of the show.
If you're here in San Francisco with us at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, don't miss the Sun Ray Clients in Social Avenue. Backed by our Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure software, the Sun Ray Clients are allowing attendees to access the web, check email, and more!
One of the things that comes up often with Oracle desktop virtualization is how it works in conjunction with Oracle Applications. This makes sense, of course, since 65,000 customers worldwide use Oracle Applications to help achieve their IT goals. As the adoption of desktop virtualization continues to grow, the key decision factor for many companies today is how well desktop virtualization integrates with their applications.