VMware talks about Project Horizon and cloud based applications

Posted by on September 7, 2010 in Cloud, vCloud, VMware, VMworld | 0 comments

During the Tuesday Keynote presentation at VMworld 2010 several executives from VMware covered the upcoming View 4.5 release. As they dove deper into the features and showcased the product. They announced a new previously unheard of application being called Project Horizon.  Now to me Project Horizon seems like the Web 2.0 version of Citrix Dazzle. If your not familiar with Dazzle its kind of an App store for checking in and out published Citrix applications. As it was demo’d during the speech Project Horizon is going to allow users to have a single sign-on experience for locally installed apps and Saas applications. (SaaS = Software as a Service) These types of apps are becoming common place among users everyday and if IT departments want to be able to provide them in a secure fashion Project Horizon will have a stake in this from VMware’s perspective.

See some details from the PR released from VMware.

At VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, VMware will preview a cloud-based management service — codenamed Project Horizon — that will securely extend enterprise identities into the cloud and provide new methods for provisioning and managing applications and data based on the user, not the device or underlying operating system.

Project Horizon will establish a user’s “Cloud Identity,” securely extending on-premise directory services between private and public clouds and enabling customers to take advantage of the flexibility and new services in the public cloud while maintaining the security and control from their private clouds.

“A cohesive desktop strategy should provide secure, direct access to many types of applications, including SaaS and legacy and mobile applications, regardless of device type or location,” said Mark Bowker, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Project Horizon is an example of how VMware has the potential to help dramatically transform desktop and application delivery services, maintain IT control, and ensure a productive, personalized experience for the end user.”

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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