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VMware Previews ‘Project Horizon’ to Extend Identity Management in the Cloud

By Charlene O'Hanlon
August 31, 2010 - News

VMware has taken advantage of its namesake conference to preview its version of a solution designed to move identity management into the cloud, enabling users to access user interfaces that change based on their device.

At VMWorld, VMware is previewing "Project Horizon," the code name of a technology that changes interfaces depending on the device accessing the application. The technology, known generically as adaptive desktops or workspaces, is already being embraced by other vendors including CA, which added support for the technology in its latest release of CA IT Client Manager, its popular desktop management application.

VMware’s version establishes a user’s "cloud identity" for accessing applications on PCs that are either streaming from corporate servers or running in a hosted environment. Depending on the device the user requests the applications, the view – as well as the way the application and its data are provisioned – changes. VMware’s version will feature a self-service portal for applications and a single sign-on for those applications, regardless of where they are running. Users can take advantage of the flexibility and new services in the public cloud while maintaining the security and control from their private clouds.

Project Horizon is but one of many VMware technologies the company has developed to enable companies to be OS-independent by moving applications into the cloud. For the server space, VMWare has released vCloud Director, a private cloud-building tool that extends the vSphere virtualization platform’s resource pooling capabilities to create logical pools of compute, networking and storage resources with defined management policies, SLAs and pricing, according to the company. This effectively eliminates the need for on-premise servers.

While Project Horizon is still in its testing period, VMware has put a 2011 release date for the technology. vCloud Director, however, is available Sept. 1.

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