Thursday Feb 17, 2011

Oracle Desktop Virtualization at HIMSS 2011

The HIMSS Conference is an extremely important industry trade show put on by The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. It's being held in Florida starting this Sunday, February 20th. Their slogan, "Linking people, potential, and progress" could be true of Oracle desktop virtualization as well! The Oracle desktop virtualization group has worked very closely with the Oracle healthcare business unit to have a large presence at this show, and I wanted to tell you a bit about what we're doing:

- All Oracle demos are being done on Sun Ray Clients
That's right, every demo pod in the large Oracle booth will have a Sun Ray Client with each demo tied to a smart card. Too many people at your demo station? Pop your card out and go to a different one. We'll also be demoing Oracle desktop virtualization at a dedicated demo station, too. This is great stuff!

Find Oracle at booth #1651
Oracle's" page about HIMSS

- Focus Group - Caregiver Mobility with Oracle Sun Ray Clients and Desktop Virtualization
Feb 22, 3:15-4:15 PM
This focus group will be for customers interested in Oracle desktop virtualization. It's invitation only, but you can comment on this blog post and we can give you info on how to attend (your comment won't be made public).

- Solution Session - Fast, Secure, Workflow Optimized: Inexpensive Access to Care Information is Possible Inside and Outside of the Hospital
Feb 23, 4:15 PM Booth #685, Wireless and Mobility Theatre
Oracle's Adam Workman will cover caregiver mobility and the benefits of Oracle desktop virtualization to healthcare organizations.

- New healthcare solutions page on oracle.com
We've created a page dedicated to content involving desktop virtualization and healthcare. This will be your onestop shop if looking for desktop virtualization and healthcare information.

- New desktop virtualization and healthcare solution data sheet
This document outlines how we define "Caregiver Mobility" and how Oracle products are used to facilitate quicker, more secure access to patient data.

We'll have some more updates from the show next week. It looks like its going to be an exciting event!

-Chris

Monday Feb 14, 2011

Two Virtualization Webinars This Week

If you're interested in virtualization, be sure to catch our two free webinars this week. You'll hear directly from Oracle technologists and can ask questions in a live Q&A.

Deploying Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications
Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011
9AM Pacific Time
Register Now
Is your company trying to manage costs; meet or beat service level agreements and get employees up and running quickly on business-critical applications like Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications? The fastest way to get the benefits of these applications deployed in your organization is with Oracle VM Templates. Cut application deployment time from weeks to just hours or days. Attend this session for the technical details of how your IT department can deliver rapid software deployment and eliminate installation and configuration costs by providing pre-installed and pre-configured software images.


Increasing Desktop Security for the Public Sector with Oracle Desktop Virtualization
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011
9AM Pacific Time
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Security of data as it moves across desktop devices is a concern for all industries. But organizations such as law enforcement, local, state, and federal government and others have higher security ne! eds than most. A virtual desktop model, where no data is ever stored on the local device, is an ideal architecture for these organizations to deploy. Oracle's comprehensive portfolio of desktop virtualization solutions, from thin client devices, to sever side management and desktop hosting software, provide a complete solution for this ever-increasing problem.

Thursday Jan 20, 2011

Oracle Virtualization Best Practices Seminars

We're very excited to tell you about our virtualization event series that are currently touring around the US. The seminars are free half-day events covering Oracle's server, desktop, and hardware virtualization products and strategy.

If you're looking to expand virtualization in your enterprise or understand more of Oracle's view on virtualization, these seminars aren't to be missed. Here is a complete list of the upcoming events:

Virtualization Best Practices Seminars Schedule

Wednesday Dec 22, 2010

Leaks on Wikis: "Corporations...You're Next!" Oracle Desktop Virtualization Can Help.

Between all the press coverage on the unauthorized release of 251,287 diplomatic documents and on previous extensive releases of classified documents on the events in Iraq and Afghanistan, one could be forgiven for thinking massive leaks are really an issue for governments, but it is not: It is an issue for corporations as well.

In fact, corporations are apparently set to be the next big target for things like Wikileaks. Just the threat of such a release against one corporation recently caused the price of their stock to drop 3% after the leak organization claimed to have 5GB of information from inside the company, with the implication that it might be damaging or embarrassing information.

At the moment of this blog anyway, we don't know yet if that is true or how they got the information but how did the diplomatic cable leak happen?

For the diplomatic cables, according to press reports, a private in the military, with some appropriate level of security clearance (that is, he apparently had the correct level of security clearance to be accessing the information...he reportedly didn't "hack" his way through anything to get to the documents which might have raised some red flags...), is accused of accessing the material and copying it onto a writeable CD labeled "Lady Gaga" and walking out the door with it. Upload and... Done.

In the same article, the accused is quoted as saying "Information should be free. It belongs in the public domain."

Now think about all the confidential information in your company or non-profit... from credit card information, to phone records, to customer or donor lists, to corporate strategy documents, product cost information, etc, etc.... And then think about that last quote above from what was a very junior level person in the organization...still feeling comfortable with your ability to control all your information?

So what can you do to guard against these types of breaches where there is no outsider (or even insider) intrusion to detect per se, but rather someone with malicious intent is physically walking out the door with data that they are otherwise allowed to access in their daily work?

A major first step it to make it physically, logistically much harder to walk away with the information. If the user with malicious intent has no way to copy to removable or moble media (USB sticks, thumb drives, CDs, DVDs, memory cards, or even laptop disk drives) then, as a practical matter it is much more difficult to physically move the information outside the firewall. But how can you control access tightly and reliably and still keep your hundreds or even thousands of users productive in their daily job?

Oracle Desktop Virtualization products can help.

Oracle's comprehensive suite of desktop virtualization and access products allow your applications and, most importantly, the related data, to stay in the (highly secured) data center while still allowing secure access from just about anywhere your users need to be to be productive. 

Users can securely access all the data they need to do their job, whether from work, from home, or on the road and in the field, but fully configurable policies set up centrally by privileged administrators allow you to control whether, for instance, they are allowed to print documents or use USB devices or other removable media.  Centrally set policies can also control not only whether they can download to removable devices, but also whether they can upload information (see StuxNet for why that is important...)

In fact, by using Sun Ray Client desktop hardware, which does not contain any disk drives, or removable media drives, even theft of the desktop device itself would not make you vulnerable to data loss, unlike a laptop that can be stolen with hundreds of gigabytes of information on its disk drive.  And for extreme security situations, Sun Ray Clients even come standard with the ability to use fibre optic ethernet networking to each client to prevent the possibility of unauthorized monitoring of network traffic.

But even without Sun Ray Client hardware, users can leverage Oracle's Secure Global Desktop software or the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client to securely access server-resident applications, desktop sessions, or full desktop virtual machines without persisting any application data on the desktop or laptop being used to access the information.  And, again, even in this context, the Oracle products allow you to control what gets uploaded, downloaded, or printed for example.

Another benefit of Oracle's Desktop Virtualization and access products is the ability to rapidly and easily shut off user access centrally through administrative polices if, for example, an employee changes roles or leaves the company and should no longer have access to the information.

Oracle's Desktop Virtualization suite of products can help reduce operating expense and increase user productivity, and those are good reasons alone to consider their use.  But the dynamics of today's world dictate that security is one of the top reasons for implementing a virtual desktop architecture in enterprises.

For more information on these products, view the webpages on www.oracle.com and the Oracle Technology Network website.


Wednesday Dec 01, 2010

eWeek Review of the Sun Ray 3 Client and Sun Ray 3i Client

eWeek magazine today posted a review of two of our Sun Ray 3 Series Clients, titled "Sun Ray 3i Thin Client Hardware Provides Fat VDI for Intense Virtual Workloads." The eWeek reviewer used both the Sun Ray 3 Client and Sun Ray 3i Client in conjunction with the latest Sun Ray Software 5.1. Have a read through the writeup to get eWeek's take on our Sun Ray Clients. For more information, be sure to check the product page.

 

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Monday Nov 29, 2010

Webcast: Improve Security and Accessibility for Healthcare

Computing in healthcare poses some unique challenges. On the one hand, data has to be accessible to caregivers in many different locations. At the same time, it has to be extremely secure to comply with HIPPA and other patient privacy protection legislation.

Previously, healthcare organizations tried to solve these challenges by strapping laptop computers to movable carts, or by having full desktops PCs installed in patient rooms, clinics, and so on. However, the management overhead and possible data theft possibilities limits the effectiveness of these approaches.

Despite the apparent difficulties, a solution is available today that meets all of these requirements. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you likely already know that Sun Ray Clients are thin client devices that have no local operating system to manage and no local storage, making them simple to deploy and administer, and extremely secure. Plus, every Sun Ray Client comes standard with a smart card reader built right in, so moving between locations is simply a matter of inserting your card in whatever Sun Ray Client is near you!

Join Oracle experts as they discuss how Sun Ray Clients and Oracle Desktop Virtualization is used to provide caregiver mobility in this live webinar on December 9th at 9AM PST.

Register for free now.

Wednesday Oct 27, 2010

Sun Ray Software 5.1 is released!

If you've used Sun Ray Clients, you've used Sun Ray Software, maybe without even knowing it.

Sun Ray Software is the heart of a Sun Ray deployment and is installed on one or more servers in the data center. Thanks to Sun Ray Software, Sun Ray Clients can be very simple devices that don't require local management because everything happens on the server. It provides a single place to manage your Sun Ray Client devices, provides connectivity to Windows virtual desktops, does all the magic behind USB redirection, video acceleration and more. When it's updated, your Sun Ray deployment suddenly acquires more features!

This release of Sun Ray Software brings some exciting improvements to users of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual desktops, as well as Oracle Linux users. There's greater support for USB redirection across platforms, media acceleration, audio input for Windows, enhanced network security and more.

For more details, have a read through the press release, or download it from the "Oracle Desktop Virtualization Products" section of Oracle's eDelivery site.

Wednesday Jul 28, 2010

Special Report on Virtualization: Profit Magazine

Read the latest issue of Profit Magazine (July 2010) for a special report on Virtualization with a spotlight on Sun Ray 3 Plus Client and Sun Ray Software.

The report also links to Oracle's Virtualization Strategy Webcast as well as the latest webinar on Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2

It would be an under statement to say that Oracle is moving full speed forward to enhance Oracle Virtualization product portfolio on all fronts. Stay tuned for more!

To get the latest updates, also follow us on twitter!

More later,
Monica

Friday Jul 16, 2010

SCOOP!! SECRET PICTURES OF VP's OFFICE & [TOP SECRET] VIRTUAL DESKTOP SET-UP!!!

We're pretty excited about the Sun Ray Server Software and Thin Client hardware, as we are about the desktop in general: Windows desktops, Linux workstations, Solaris...all of it. We can deliver it all (not just Windows like those other guys...) through our Sun Ray and/or VDI infrastructure products. (And for those of you that are more comfortable around a terminal/remote services model, we've got our Secure Global Desktop software from Sun's acquisition of Tarantella so you can access just about any kind of server-resident application or desktop even if they are not browser based. Or even if they are...stop worrying about client hardware browser dependencies and just use a single version of the Secure Global Desktop web client to access a broad range of browser versions when your desktop browser standard doesn't match with what your app requires.)

Anyway. I digress from the main point of my entry here which is to show you yet another proof point for Oracle's love of the desktop. At great risk to my career, I slid into my bosses office (Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President for Linux and Virtualization Development and Support) and snapped a picture of his office, and published it here for the first time anywhere...

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Now anyone that knows Wim knows he's pretty solidly into the category of the neo-maxi-zoom-techno-geek. He LOVES to play around with the products in his group. And by play around, I don't just mean "use". I mean install, configure, hack-on, etc. He's loving this stuff and thinks and talks about it with great passion as you might guess by looking at his office.

We have a lot of plans for this space and you've already started to see- and hear about some of them.

We recently released the new Sun Ray 3+ Client (shown) with its higher security, more eco-friendliness, and higher powered support for displays. In fact, you can see in the spy shot, that Wim is taking advantage of the fact that the Sun Ray natively supports up to two 30" displays without any additional graphics adapter required so you can have a 60 inch wide desktop if you want! (I think his is only 41 or 42 inch here though...). Aside: Cool Sun Ray trick: you can actually then combine up to 16 Sun Rays, with 2 displays each into one massive, 32 display wall of Sun Ray desktop greatness! Now that's a big desktop!

We also just announced a new release of the Sun Ray Server Software ("shown") to support VMware View 4 as the VDI back-end, as well as an update to the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (to access your Sun Ray and VDI desktops from your desktop/laptop) with the update now providing support from Mac clients.

And, certainly, last but not least, we've done a number of Oracle VM VirtualBox enhancements to support even more feature rich usage on desktops and as a part of our Oracle VDI solution where it hosts the VMs and that uniquely allows us to support not only Windows desktops, but also Linux and Solaris Workstations...all with RDP! That's handy if you got a lot of "normal" desktops to virtualize but also, say, want to virtualize all the workstations your developers use that run Linux or Solaris.

Now...hold on a second here...aside from the Linux Penguin Lamp and the Iron Man movie poster (staring Larry Ellison!!!!)...what else interesting can we see in this picture? Well, I did have to blur out the [TOP SECRET] in this picture, otherwise this truly would be a career-limiting blog entry. So, for now, let's just say we're not standing still my friends...

Thursday Jul 15, 2010

Desktop Virtualization: New Release of Oracle's Sun Ray Software Now Available

This morning Oracle announced the latest Sun Ray Software 5 update. Sun Ray Software 5 delivers rich virtual desktop experience to users in a secure and cost-effective way using Oracle's Sun Ray Clients or traditional PCs.

New features include support for Oracle Enterprise Linux, an enhanced virtual desktop client, and a Sun Ray connector for VMware View 4. The new features offer increased efficiency, broader support for heterogeneous environments, improved ease-of-use, enhanced user experience and help lower total cost of ownership.

Read the entire press release.

With this new Sun Ray Software release, and previously announced enhancements and new releases of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Sun Ray 3 Plus Client, and Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2, Oracle has demonstrated its continued commitment to enhancing and growing desktop virtualization products portfolio acquired from Sun.

Check out Oracle's Virtualization Strategy and product details here.

More later,
Monica

Friday Feb 26, 2010

The Oracle VM Product Line Welcomes Sun!

Now that the Sun acquisition has closed, and we are one company, we can start talking to you about all the exciting things available in today's Oracle VM product line and where we are going. In the coming days and weeks, you can expect to see a number of new blog entries from a number of voices that may be new to this Oracle blog, but are definitely not new to virtualization.  We are tremendously excited to combine our portfolios and work side-by-side with our extremely talented Sun brethren to advance the state-of-the art in virtualization.

As others have said across the industry, particularly with the Sun acquisition, Oracle has the greatest collection of products and technologies in the industry to take virtualization to the next level and enable truly integrated, comprehensive solutions for customers. From the beginning, we've said that Oracle virtualization is not about virtualization for virtualization's sake: it's about creating virtualization products and technologies that make applications and other software easier to deploy, easier to manage, and easier to support.  That strategy is unwaivering and is bolstered with the addition of the Sun products.

First, let's dispel some rumors right off the bat to make it crystal clear what we are driving forward and continuing to invest in vigorously in the virtualization space (in no particular order...):

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Logical Domains): Hypervisor-based virtualization for SPARC servers
  • Oracle VM Server for x86/x64: Hypervisor-based virtualization for x86/x64 servers
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox: Hosted workstation and server virtualization for x86/x64
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop: Presentation / desktop services for server resident applications
  • Sun Ray software and hardware: Thin client computing but oh so much more
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: VDI for Windows, Linux, and Solaris desktops
  • Solaris Containers and Zones:  Highly scalable Solaris virtualization
  • Sun Dynamic Domains:  The ultimate in OS instance isolation
If anyone tells you they heard one of these products is no longer important or not moving forward at Oracle, it is simply not true.  Please point them to this blog entry. 

But - Adam - what about the Sun xVM server you ask?  Sun's xVM server was never fully released and productized by Sun while Oracle VM, Oracle's own x86 server virtualization with a Xen-based architecture has been shipping and running in production for just over 2 1/2 years and thus Oracle VM for x86/x64 will continue to be Oracle's target of strategic investment in the Xen-architecture space.

Last, but very definitely not least, management:  Management is, in fact, a huge part of our focus with Oracle VM Manager, Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Ops Center so rest assured on that front as well that these products and investments will flourish. 

Not only are we investing in all these things, you'll see quite a bit of activity in the space in the coming months and across the year, so please keep an eye on this blog.  We'll have a number of entries to go into more thoughts on each of the products I've listed above and then some.

Finally, if you haven't already, you should definitely watch our strategy webcast with Oracle's Chief Architect Edward Screven talking about our virtualization direction.  That can be found here (opens a new Flash window) to hear a more detailed presentation covering these products.  You should also take a look at the Management strategy here.

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