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.