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Meanwhile, VMware's on premise version of Horizon App Manager will be available on June 15, according to the document. It is designed to detect Active Directory, or any LDAP-compliant service, and push it into the cloud where it can be used with Salesforce.com, Google Apps, and other third party public cloud apps. Users' passwords, however, stay behind the firewall.
Horizon App Manager is a key component of Project Horizon, VMware's cloud-based identity system that aims to solve IT challenges stemming from the rising usage of mobile devices and SaaS apps in businesses.
Project Octopus is VMware's answer to the security risks associated with Dropbox usage in businesses. VMware released a technical preview of the storage service last September at VMworld, touting its ability to let browser-enabled mobile devices and computing platforms share, access, display, edit and collaborate on documents and automatically have changes synchronized across devices.
End user computing is a major pillar of VMware's cloud computing strategy, as it supports the company's view -- often voiced by CEO Paul Maritz and CTO Stephen Herrod -- that the industry has entered a "post-PC era" in which the dominance of Windows is dwindling.
"At the end of the day, people don't buy tablets to access Windows. That’s where we think virtualization has a place," Herrod said last September at the GigaOM Mobilize conference.