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Oracle Releases iPad Virtual Desktop and Exadata Expansion
Oracle beefed up its desktop virtualization portfolio last week by releasing its Virtual Desktop Client App for Apple’s popular iPad tablet. The new app gives its users quick and secure access on the iPad to their virtual desktops that are managed through Oracle’s Sun Ray Software and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. The app’s combination of functionality and convenience makes it a must-have for iPad owners seeking complete mobility.
Oracle’s Wim CoeKaerts described some of the benefits of the Virtual Desktop Client App in the company’s official press release: "With the introduction of Oracle Virtual Desktop Client App for iPad, we continue to offer customers innovative ways to access a broad range of virtual desktop environments and enterprise applications. When used in conjunction with Oracle’s Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, customers benefit from enhanced security, centralized administration, lower cost, and better access to their corporate data from iPad.”
As mentioned, the Virtual Desktop Client App is just one product in the line of Oracle’s comprehensive desktop-to-datacenter visualization portfolio. Oracle developed the products to give customers the ability to virtualize and manage their entire software and hardware stack while stressing efficiency and user-friendliness. It does not matter if it’s a network-intensive application or one that requires a full desktop browser, as the Virtual Desktop Client App offers support for a wide variety of enterprise applications, such as the Oracle Siebel CRM. “When combined with Oracle Virtual Desktop Client App for iPad, customers can now access Siebel CRM on the go without any modifications. The user's desktop environment, including any web-based Siebel CRM application, is hosted in the data center and rendered accurately over the network on the iPad, increasing speed and ensuring that no local data is stored on the device, which increases security," said Anthony Lyle, Senior Vice President of Oracle CRM.
Regarding security, Oracle left no stone unturned when developing the Virtual Desktop Client App. Users can access their corporate desktops and applications with their iPads without having to worry about security issues thanks to the app’s built-in virtual private network (VPN) functionality for Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. Each user session is protected via 256-bit AES encryption, making the use of the Virtual Desktop Client App safe, even if it’s being used over a public Wi-Fi network. For added convenience, the app also has an auto discovery feature to locate available Sun Ray Software or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure servers.
The app features much more than just a high level of security, however. It offers an enriched user experience by leveraging Oracle’s ALP protocol. The lightweight and responsive user interface interacts perfectly with the iPad’s overall design. Users can incorporate multi-touch gestures while working and also enjoy the app’s virtual keyboard support for various keys, such as cursors, paging keys, function keys, ALT, CTRL, ESC, Tab, Insert, Delete, Home, and End.
The Oracle Virtual Desktop Client App free and now available for iPad users through the Apple App Store.
Oracle’s Exadata Storage Expansion Rack Now Available
Tuesday marked the release of Oracle’s Exadata Storage Expansion Rack, effectively giving customers the ability to increase the storage capacity of an Oracle Exadata Database Machine while keeping costs under control.
With the Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack, users can store extremely large quantities of structured and unstructured data in the form of historical relational data, weblogs, backups of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, and more. To ensure that the demands of critical applications are met, the rack has integrated redundancy. Maximum availability is stressed through the inclusion of hot-swappable disks, fans, and power supplies. The rack also supports numerous Oracle Exadata Storage Software features, such as Oracle Exadata Smart Scan, Oracle Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression, and Oracle Exadata Data Mining Offload, to name a few.
Andrew Mendelsohn, Senior Vice President of Oracle’s Database Server Technologies, said: “Organizations today are continually challenged with managing and storing the explosive growth in both structured and unstructured. By combining leading, industry-standard servers and storage hardware from Sun with the intelligence built into Oracle software, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack allow customers to achieve unmatched data scalability, capacity and reliability.”
Since no two situations are alike, Oracle offers the product in three standard configurations for customers to choose from. The Quarter Rack configuration comes with four Oracle Exadata Storage Servers that provide 1.5 TB of Oracle Exadata Smart Flash Cache, 96 TB of raw disk storage and 48 CPU cores for SQL processing. The Half Rack configuration has nine Oracle Exadata Storage Servers that provide 3.4 TB of Oracle Exadata Smart Flash Cache, 216 TB of raw disk storage, and 108 CPU cores for SQL processing. The largest configuration is the Full Rack. It offers 18 Oracle Exadata Storage Servers that supply 6.75 TB of Oracle Exadata Smart Flash Cache, 432 TB of raw disk storage, and 216 CPU cores for SQL processing. Each configuration comes equipped with the same 2 TB High Capacity SAS disks and Oracle Exadata Smart Flash Cache found in the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.
Customers with needs for excessive storage can construct a single storage grid with a raw disk capacity of 3,360 TB by connecting up to eight Oracle Exadata Database Machine racks and Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Racks using InfiniBand switches. The capability also exists to build even larger configurations, if necessary.