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VMware shares vision, looks to horizon

Thor Olavsrud | Aug. 29, 2012
VMware CTO Steve Herrod tells VMworld attendees how the virtualization leader is managing the consumerization of IT. The vision hasn't changed a lot since last year, with one exception. The vision is now an integrated one based on the Project Horizon Suite.

Whereas last year had VMware watchers buzzing about Project Octopus, Project Horizon, Project AppBlast and other point solutions, this year it's about Project Horizon Suite, which brings those capabilities and others together into a comprehensive integrated platform for managing a mobile workforce.

"It's the exact same vision, but this time we're delivering on it," Herrod told the keynote audience, eliciting some chuckles. He noted that customers have spoken clearly. "You want us to deliver suites, not point solutions."

The point solutions, he said, create a hodge podge of tools and add complexity to IT. That translates into increased costs and reduced flexibility.

"Last year at VMworld, we unveiled our vision for End User Computing and in May we showed progress across all axis of that vision--that is Desktop, Apps and Data, by shipping a new version of View, Horizon Application Manager and the beta release of Octopus for secure file syncing and sharing," says Vittorio Viarengo, vice president of Product Marketing, End-User Computing at VMware.

"Since then, our engineering team has been very busy bringing these components together into a one, integrated and cohesive suite. It's hard work, don't try to do this at home (nor should you have to do it), but we believe it is the right thing to do in the long run. The VMware Horizon Suite provides end user with a single place to get access to their apps, data and desktops and gives IT a single management console to manage entitlements policies and security."

"This alpha integrates both Horizon Application manager, the project formerly known as Octopus," Viarengo says. "It will also feature the HTML remoting technologies that we demoed last year as part of the AppBlast project. In this first release we will use the HTML remoting protocol to give user access to their View desktops from any browser but stay tuned for more exciting ways we are going to leverage this technology."

Horizon Suite will bring together Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, ThinApp, Horizon Application Manager and Horizon Mobile into an integrated management platform. It uses a central Web management console that allows IT to customize a service catalog for an organization's data and applications.

Horizon Data will sit at the center of Horizon Suite, providing role-based access and policy enforcement across applications, data and desktops.

"You need to start thinking about applying policy and identity to a person and then have it follow on whatever device they happen to use," Herrod said.

Bringing together all these solutions in a single suite will allow IT to deliver Windows, Android, iOS, Web and SaaS applications in a single workspace while giving end users self-service access to applications and data.


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