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Oracle App Moves Virtual Desktop to iPad
There's good news for users of Oracle's virtual desktops: they just became even more portable. The company launched the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client App for Apple iPads. Available for free at Apple's iTunes store, it takes enterprise computing to places it has never gone before.
Specifically, the free application lets users connect to their own virtual desktops managed by Oracle's Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Users of the application will be able to run enterprise-level applications that they would usually run from their virtual desktops, such as Oracle's Siebel CRM, right from their iPads. Even applications that require browsers will work with the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for iPad.
Screen shots of the application in action reveal that users can choose between any Oracle virtual desktops that are normally available to them when they are logged in. A good-sized virtual keyboard helps with data entry tasks. The virtual keyboard supports all of the functions you'd expect, including CTL, ALT, ESC, Insert, Delete, Tab, Home, End, Function, Paging, and cursor keys.
Oracle also makes smart use of the iPad hardware hosting the application by supporting a variety of gestures on its touch-screen, including multi-touch gestures. The application even provides a clear table that shows each gesture and the action to which it equates (a tap with one finger registers as a left mouse button click, while tapping with two fingers yields a right mouse button click).
Enterprise-level applications aren't truly portable if they're not secure, and Oracle is well aware of this. The Oracle Virtual Desktop Application for iPads protects the security of user sessions with 256-bit AES encryption, even over public Wi-Fi connections. The application also supports the built-in VPN functionality of iOS. Speaking of iOS, users of the application can multi-task and seamlessly switch among other iOS applications.
The new application is part of Oracle's update of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure package. The latest version, Oracle VDI 3.3, can use Oracle Linux in addition to Oracle Solaris as its host platform. It also improves the package's performance, increasing both its responsiveness for users and its multimedia support. Users will be able to enjoy Windows Media Player and real-time audio streaming through USB headsets. It's worth noting, in this context, that one of the benefits Oracle gained from its purchase of Sun was the latter's Appliance Link Protocol (ALP), which simultaneously improves the quality of its audio and drastically cuts network bandwidth requirements by up to 92 percent.