Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

VMware Horizon App Manager and Managing Cloud Applications at Scale

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Organizations of all sizes are benefiting tremendously by moving to the cloud – their employees are more productive and more mobile, and their IT departments aren’t spending all their time on maintenance, cumbersome upgrades, and training. But these organizations are also facing entirely new IT challenges around managing cloud enterprise applications at scale. Instead of going with a single vendor to meet all of most of their IT needs, IT departments are now deploying best-of-breed cloud solutions like Google Apps and Salesforce, and they’re tasked with managing these applications in a secure, seamless way, and across a growing range of devices.

At Box, we of course want to make it incredibly easy for organizations to transition to the cloud. We’ve built integrations with a range of cloud business solutions so that users can get to their content from within any application, and we’re also working with vendors like VMware to make the management of cloud applications seamless for IT, without compromising end user experience. We’re very excited about today’s launch of VMware Horizon App Manager, a cloud-based management service that helps organizations provide secure access to applications and data, across the devices that employees choose to use. Box is one of the early collaborators in Horizon App Manager, along with Workday, Salesforce and Google.

Customers that use Horizon App Manager to manage Box and other cloud applications will benefit from:

-Single sign-on (SSO) access for users to all of their cloud applications through the Horizon portal

-User access control for IT administrators through a centralized application catalog, along with real-time usage data

VMware’s Horizon App Manager represents many of the key tenants of cloud security in the enterprise: managing and extending identities, permissions, and access to hosted applications through a central platform. We’re excited to continue working with VMware to accelerate cloud adoption in a secure, manageable manner for users and IT alike. I had a chance to catch up with Noah Wasmer of VMware at Box HQ the other day, so check out the video below for more thoughts on the enterprise cloud adoption and how our two companies will be working together.