Looking towards the “Horizon”

For those of you that have slept for the last 3-4 years, you really need a wakeup call – cloud computing is here!

I’ve been following the VMware “Horizon” products family for some time now and it’s pretty cool and in my opinion, will set the the tone in VMworld 2012 this summer in San Francisco and Barcelona. This new upcoming line of cloud based products includes lots of new features which I will try to cover some of them in this post.

VMware Horizon Application Manager

This first one will help IT providing any Windows application (Legacy apps like MS Office or Firefox), web application or any other Software as a Service (SaaS) and all using a very neat applications catalog brought to the end user via his web browser. With the help of the Horizon Enterprise Connector which will integrate to your Active Directory services and supports integrating with multi-factor authentication methods.

Application Manager will also be using the VMware ThinApp technology platform (currently in version 4.7). ThinApp will able you to virtualize your applications and deploy them in a fast and secure way without being care if you run it on an XP, Windows 7, Mac OS X or Android. Wouldn’t it be great to be an end-user in an organization working with this one?!

Read more about it:

http://www.vmware.com/products/desktop_virtualization/horizon-application-manager/overview.html

VMware Horizon Mobile

Well, it was just a matter of time VMware will be able to virtualized our smartphones and tablets. How many of you use your own personal smartphone connect to corporate services? I know I do! Even worse, I know few sick puppies’ using one corporate phone and one personal phone 🙂

VMware Mobile Virtualization (MVP) allows running two single profiles simultaneously on one phone allowing IT to remotely centralize, manage and deploy phones corporate profiles and helping end-users get their corporate profile on their own personal phone.

Read more about it:

http://www.vmware.com/products/mobile/overview.html

VMware Project Octopus

Although it is not an official member of the “Horizon” family, the “Octopus” is a one to watch. Basically, it is a file sharing service but wait – there is much more than that!

How many of you are using Dropbox? How many of you are using Microsoft SharePoint? With VMware Project Octopus, file sharing becomes easier and unlike Dropbox it is secured using Active Directory services and unlike SharePoint you can access your files from any device.

VMware Project Octopus on YouTube

Currently in Beta, Octopus will be available in Q2 2012 for qualified customer trials.

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