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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.


Erik Scholten is the founder of VMGuru and works as a Specialist SE for SDDC at VMware Benelux. He has over 17 years experience as a system/network engineer, consultant and Solution Architect and he specializes in virtualization. His current job includes selling, presenting, designing and developing virtual infrastructures for some major companies in the Netherlands. Erik is a certified VMware VCP (3, 4, 5, 6), VCP Desktop (5), VSP (3, 4, 5, 6) and VTSP (3, 4, 5, 6). In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 VMware awarded him the vExpert award for his virtualization community efforts. In 2014 Cisco also recognized him as a Cisco Champion .