VMware Unveils Horizon App Manager: Easy Cloud Application Management For $30 Per User / Year

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VMware this morning announced VMware Horizon App Manager, a user-centric management service for accessing cloud applications.

VMware Horizon App Manager represents the first component of the company’s “Project Horizon” vision first previewed at VMworld 2010.

A datasheet (PDF) is available here.

The company says future releases of VMware Horizon will broker user access to a variety of application types, virtual Windows desktops and data resources, while delivering the security and control required by businesses. The result should be a simple, seamless user experience when accessing work resources across the private and public cloud on whatever device the user chooses.

At its core, VMware Horizon App Manager includes an identity as a service hub that extends a user’s existing identity in systems such as Microsoft Active Directory or other directory options, into third-party public cloud applications like Box.net, BroadVision, Google, Salesforce.com, WebEx, Workday and others.

This simplifies the management of multiple access credentials, a necessity brought about by the growing number of cloud applications now found in a typical enterprise.

In addition, the VMware Horizon App Manager provides an open, user-centric platform for accessing cloud applications within a single application portal that is accessible from a wide range of end-user devices.

Additional VMware Horizon App Manager features include:

- Multi-Platform/Multi-Device Support
- Enterprise Directory Federation/Cloud Identity Hub
- Standards Based Secure Authentication
- Application Provisioning
- Roles-Based Access and Reporting

Available today to select early access customers in North America and Asia Pacific Region, and via trials in other regions, VMware Horizon App Manager is $30.00 per user/per year.

Check out Robert Scoble’s interview with VMware lead for Project Horizon Noah Wasmer.

Update: Chris Hoff’s take: VMware’s Horizon App Manager – A Big Bet That Will Pay Off…


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