The Press release Aug. 31, 2010

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.”

The Buzz

By turning the normal assumptions of IT around to make an abstract storage and provisioning service that’s able to identify and deliver applications, VMware turns the cloud into a central source for IT resources, Chris Wolf, analyst with the Burton Group, says. This also goes a long way toward making the cloud an enforcement agent for corporate IT policies allowing or limiting use of data, hardware audited security and usage reporting, and other critical functions, Wolf says.

This approach also almost eliminates the difference between internal resources and external, allowing customers to make more efficient use of the resources they have available, according to James Staten, analyst at Forrester Research.

The Wrapup

So the buzz is that Project Horizon aims to put all the things employees use up online, allowing them to pick and choose the applications that they want and allowing IT to create lifecycle plans that limit the amount of time a particular VM can function, what kind of employees get privileges for which apps, and a whole host of other conditions critical to companies trying to save money and stay compliant with federal regulations.

The Benefits?

What are the benefits here?

Will costs to corporations go down, I think VMware believes licensing costs will.

Will it be easier for the end user?

Will it cost less or be easier to administer for the IT departments?

I do not know any of the answers, but I hope VMware is successful because it sounds exciting.

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