Oracle Launches New Virtual Desktop Client for iPads

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-06 Print this article Print

The Oracle Virtual Desktop Client App for iPad provides access to virtual desktops managed by Oracle's Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

Oracle, one of the few big IT companies that isn't marketing some sort of tablet computer, nonetheless moved into the periphery of the genre with its July 6 launch of a new virtual desktop client for iPads.

Now available free on the App Store, the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client App for iPad provides access to virtual desktops managed by Oracle's Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. It is not designed to work with other VDI software, such as that from Citrix, IBM, VMware, Hewlett-Packard or Wyse.

The application works with a range of enterprise applications, including network-intensive applications and those requiring full desktop browsers. One example would be a mobile-computing environment for users of Oracle's Siebel CRM, which is an application not previously known for its mobility.

It also is designed for uses such as hospital administration and enterprise resource management, Oracle said.

The new VDI application offers gesture-based and multi-touch operation with rich virtual-keyboard support that includes CTRL, ALT, ESC, Insert, Delete, Tab, Home, End, Function, Paging and cursor keys.

The application's interface allows multi-tasking and seamless switching among other iOS applications, Oracle said. The Oracle Virtual Desktop Client uses Oracle's ALP user-experience protocol.

The application is part of the latest version of Oracle's desktop-to-data center virtualization software package, now in v3.3, which also was announced July 6.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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