VMware today unveiled "Horizon App Manager," an IT solution for provisioning and managing public and private cloud-based services.
VMware's Horizon App Manager looks to tackle the control, visibility, and compliance aspect of these services.
"For $30 per month per user, IT admins get a hosted tool to provision access to Web-based SaaS apps including Google apps, Salesforce, SuccessFactors, Workday, Zimbra, Mozy and Box.net. It unifies Microsoft Active Directory identities with LDAP-based user directories and creates a single identity that covers both private and public cloud applications. It uses Security Assertion Markeup Language (SAML) and Open Authentication (OAuth) as its default security mechanisms."
The end user simply sees a Web portal not unlike Chrome OS, which displays all the cloud services as big "app" icons. No further credentials are needed once they are in the portal, and it supports Safari 5, Firefox 3.5, and Internet Explorer 7+.
You can get the Horizon App Manager here.