Oracle has announced a new release of Secure Global Desktop, a product that sits as a part of its Desktop Virtualization portfolio. The new version bids to extend secure access to cloud-hosted and on-premise enterprise applications and desktops from Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, without the need for a VPN client.
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Oracle explains that through support of the HTML5 standard, this version 5.0 software release allows users to access enterprise applications with just a web browser. Oracle Secure Global Desktop provides access to a range of server-based applications and desktops, including those running on Windows, Solaris, Linux (and by that we mean Oracle Linux), as well as legacy mainframe and midrange systems.
"Enterprise users expect increasingly more mobile access to applications which are often designed to run on desktop PCs. Oracle Secure Global Desktop provides IT with a highly secure remote access solution for such applications, and even full desktop environments, from tablets," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering.
The product is designed to provide responsiveness for cloud-based applications and desktop sessions, even at cellular network speeds. Users can login to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 sessions and access all of their applications and data using the built-in mobile Safari web browser on iPad and iPad mini, without the need to establish a cumbersome VPN connection.
What Oracle has done here is to provide support for HTML5 to enable a browser-based user interface that provides intuitive gestures and navigation, as well as extended keyboard capabilities, without the need for downloading or maintaining separate client applications.
The product also uses multi-factor authentication methods to access applications, increasing security when accessing cloud-hosted applications, regardless of location. With the included Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway, users can securely access their workspaces from PCs, laptops, or tablets both inside and outside the corporate firewall.