IT managers can use the tool and implement their own policy settings to determine who can access what data and applications, regardless of the platform being used.
David Wakeman, product line manager for end user computing at VMware, said that the need for the system came about because of a realisation that the concept of what amounted to a work computing platform had shifted as a result of devices such as smartphones and iPads. While the original approach was to provide access to corporate applications through desktop virtualisation, he believed it was now important to also allow native access to applications regardless of device.
The newly released system is a cloud based software authentication and management tool that allows enterprise CIOs 'to securely integrated and deliver an application under a single sign on to a user.' VMware will initially host the service, but it will eventually be made available through other third party vendors.
Mr Wakeman said that additional Project Horizon tools would be released through this and next year.
He said that the functionality was provided through a small piece of software, which operated as a virtual appliance or connector, to act as an intermediary and check Active Directory to authenticate the user. Once this was achieved it would issue a ticket for the cloud application which would allow access to the authenticated user.
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