Tuesday May 29, 2012

BriForum London Videos

We're back from BriForum London and it was a fantastic show. Just amazing firsthand information on real world desktop virtualization deployments, future trends, best practices, and more. If desktop virtualization is part of your job, I highly recommend checking out the event. The next one is in July in Chicago, and Oracle will be there!

Here are a few videos from the show:

The video below was done by the brianmadden.com folks, so click on it to go over to their site to see it. Many thanks to the team there!

-Chris

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Wednesday May 23, 2012

BriForum London 2012 Demos

We're currently at BriForum London 2012, and we're demoing the Oracle desktop virtualization portfolio. Oftentimes at trade shows, all of the Oracle Applications you're seeing are hosted by Oracle desktop virtualization. This lets us do things like show how you can instantly switch a Siebel session from a desktop PC to an iPad for working on the go, or using applications from literally "any old PC" just by logging in with a web browser.

This show is exclusively focused on desktop virtualization, so we were able to create a demo that highlights some of the cooler features of the portfolio. Here are some things we're showing:

- Impeccable full screen, high definition video from a virtual desktop on a large plasma display. Standing directly in front of the display, it's difficult to tell the video is originating on a virtualized operating system on a server, and the view of that entire desktop is flowing over the wire to a very inexpensive thin client that has no local operating system and requires no management. It's pretty much indistinguishable from video you'd see by hooking a high powered PC to a plasma display.

- A new feature in our latest releases is location awareness. This allows applications on the virtualized desktop to (optionally) access information about which particular client or device a user is logging in from. This is essential in industries like healthcare, where whenever something is logged about a patient, not only is the identity of the person doing the logging crucial, but where the person physically was when they did the logging is also required. Developers can use this information in other really cool ways, for example, making it so when a user prints from a particular place, the print job is sent to the printer physically closest to the user. In the demo here, we're showing location awareness by changing the desktop image to indicate the user's location with a dot on a map on the desktop wallpaper. So, login to one Sun Ray Client and you get a red desktop with the dot in room x, login to a different one and you get a blue desktop with the dot in room y. Very cool stuff.

- Multiple desktop environments across two monitors. This is something that people are getting used to with client side hypervisors (such as Oracle VM VirtualBox), but it's very innovative with server based desktop virtualization. The idea here is that, from a single client device, you can login to two different server side environments and access both simultaneously. This is ideal for developers and other users who might need to balance their time in multiple operating systems.

- Speaking of multiple operating systems, since Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure uses Oracle VM VirtualBox as the virtualization engine, users can run not only Windows desktops like other solutions, but can also run Ubuntu, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Solaris virtual desktops. Those are the operating systems that are tested, but in actuality, lots and lots of operating systems can work, too (at your own risk, of course). So, as an experimental demo, we're showing virtual desktops on operating systems going all the way back to Windows 3.1. Yes, Windows 3.1 from 1992 in a modern virtual desktop infrastructure. Not for the feint of heart, but fun to show, just the same.

- Accessory devices that use USB have historically been difficult for desktop virtualization, thin clients, etc. But today, our solution provides excellent support for USB devices. At the booth here, we're showing a couple of devices connected through the USB ports on a Sun Ray 3 Client, and communicating with a server side Windows XP environment. The first is a digital camera with a remote capture application on the Windows virtual desktop...press a button in the Windows virtual desktop and it sends a commands over the wire to the Sun Ray Client, Sun Ray Client sends to the camera via USB, camera takes the picture, and then uploads the picture by reversing the path back to the server. And, even more interesting is a remote sensor device used in education. This device samples information from the environment (sound levels, temperature, etc.), and sends it as a stream over USB to a Windows application, again, installed on the virtual desktop at the server.

If you happen to be at BriForum in London, please take a moment to stop by the booth and let us show you around the portfolio. You might be surprised what we can do!

-Chris


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.

Monday Apr 23, 2012

Collaborate12 Starts Today!

We're very proud to be showing off Oracle Virtualization at Collaborate12 in Las Vegas, starting today! We have quite a few virtualization sessions for you to see. Here are a few highlights:

Monday

11:00AM, Session 543 - Virtualization Boot Camp: Oracle VM Consolidation and Path to the Cloud on the Cisco Unified Computing System
2:30 PM, Session 835 - Be Effective, Bring Your Own Device!

Tuesday

4:30 PM, Session 832 - Virtualization Boot Camp: What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86

Wednesday

3:00 PM, Session 831 - Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap 

There are 13 virtualization sessions in total at Collaborate12, click here for the complete list

You can also see demos of Oracle VM and Oracle desktop virtualization in the demo area. We hope to see you there!

-Chris

Friday Feb 24, 2012

Videos from HIMSS12

We just finished up our stay at the HIMSS12 healthcare show in Las Vegas, NV. It was fantastic show for all of Oracle, and for virtualization in particular!

We did a number of videos while we were there. Here is a list:

Oracle Healthcare Wrap-Up of HIMSS12 - Reid Oakes

Oracle Desktop Virtualization Wrap-Up of HIMSS12 - Jeff Harvey 

Delivering Population Health - Simon Stone 

What is Caregiver Mobility? - Adam Workman 

A Different Approach to Trade Show Demos - Glenn Babbitt 

Moving Your Desktop to an iPad - Stuart Scurti

Desktop Virtualization Introduction for HIMSS12 - Chris Kawalek 

You can find all these and more vides from us on our YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/OracleVirtualization

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi to us at the booth!

-Chris 

Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

HIMSS 2012 and Oracle Desktop Virtualization

Last year, Oracle desktop virtualization provided the demonstration platform for all of the Oracle demos at the 2011 HIMSS Conference. If you're not familiar with The HIMSS Conference, it's one of the most important healthcare IT shows in the industry.

This year, we're proud to say that Oracle and Oracle desktop virtualization are back at HIMSS12, once again providing the stations for all of the Oracle demos in the Oracle booth. This is significant because it shows that Oracle desktop virtualization is an ideal platform for providing access to Oracle Applications.

New this year is the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for iPad. This handy free download from the Apple App Store enables mobile access to applications and healthcare solutions that don't have native iPad clients themselves, by "front-ending" them with Oracle desktop virtualization (I've talked about the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for iPad in several other posts). This means you can take nearly any existing application, and make it instantly available on the iPad. Each demo pod will feature an Oracle Sun Ray Client, and there will be iPads around the booth as well, so you can see how easy it is to work from either device, and freely move your session back and forth. And, of course, Oracle desktop virtualization supports standard PCs, Macs, and more, so you can work on practically any device you have access to.

If you're planning on going to HIMSS12, please stop by our booth and see how Oracle desktop virtualization delivers on the promise of caregiver mobility, and provides better access to critical data from nearly any location.

Oracle at HIMMS12
Feb 20-24, 2012
The Venetian Sands Expo Convention Center
Booth 2040

Read the Oracle invitation to HIMMS12

Monday Oct 10, 2011

Cerner Health Conference 2011

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:


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