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VMware reveals Project Octopus

IToday VMware revealed Project Octopus at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas. VMware stopped being a virtualization-only company a while ago and now it continues to develop technologies and infrastructure that improve the way people work in this post-PC era.

Project Octopus will leverage data sync technology from VMware Zimbra and Mozy to enable enterprise-grade collaboration and information/data sharing. Project Octopus will enable users to access files from any device and share them with people both inside  and outside their company in a completely safe and secure way.

Project Octopus integrates with VMware Horizon, VMware View and Project AppBlast to create a secure enterprise cloud service.

After virtual infrastructure, cloud management applications, e-mail services, etc., VMware is now going to deliver file sharing capabilities completing their whole cloud solution. I think this is huge and there is definitely a demand for secure file sharing in the End User Computing space.

Many, many professionals are using technologies like Dropbox which is a huge security risk for a company. Project Octopus will take care about that. The data can stay in the private cloud owned by the customer or in a datacenter of the partner of your choice.

I think this is the next step in device independent computing. Give users a way to easily and quickly access their files on their tablets, smart phones, laptops and home desktops, in a safe and secure manner.


The founder and driving force behind VMGuru. With over 19 years experience in IT, he now works as a Cloud Management Specialist at VMware Benelux. Long time VMware VCP, VCP Desktop, VCA, VSP and VTSP and 8 year vExpert.