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F5 Adds Secure VDI Access Control To VMware Horizon View

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

F5 and VMware announced a collaboration plan to package F5's Software Defined Application Services with VMware End-User Computing (EUC) technologies. The alliance announced by VMware yesterday is meant to incorporate F5's communication security, authentication, and traffic management capability into VMware's End-User Computing product family that encompasses virtual, mobile, and web-based desktops.

The first product introduction by F5 is a virtual edition of their BIG-IP Access Policy Manager that VMware states is tailor-made for VMware Horizon View environments.

BIG-IP Access Policy Manager is an access and security solution that consolidates policy management for remote access, LAN access, and wireless connections into a single unified management interface. VMware's Horizon View is a virtual desktop infrastructure solution that puts users' desktop, applications, and data into a virtual environment that can be managed by IT as a centralized service.

For businesses that have mobile employees who need to access desktop applications and data from a variety of locations and from various mobile devices, the new version of F5's BIG-IP Access Policy Manager solution will add security and policy management features to VMware's VDI environment that don't currently exist.

To create the new version of the BIG-IP Access Policy Manager, VMware provided access to its APIs and remote access protocol extension to F5. According to VMware, the custom-built application will give customers precise control over application and devices including the ability to route users to specific applications or clouds in a global deployment. Additionally, F5 is creating an iApp that is designed to help speed deployment and provide guidance on how the F5 application will support VMware technologies.

Technology partnerships work well and benefit customers when the products or software applications are a good fit and fill in gaps in features and functions the other does not have. Tight integration, easier deployment and installation of software, lower combined cost, and improved performance are other benefits. According to VMware, the alliance between F5 and VMware achieves these goals.

"F5 shares our commitment of helping customers prepare for and embrace the mobile-cloud era. Adoption of VMware's virtual desktop solutions continues to grow at a rapid pace, and with F5's new offerings, customers have options of how to best combine technologies to enable mobile workforces to access their desktops and apps securely, anytime and anywhere. I am excited about the strategic alignment and collaboration between VMware and F5, which will bring even richer solutions to our customers," said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware.

According to VMware, the two companies will continue to strategically work together to develop solutions that will help customers securely manage and control workforce mobility.

The new F5 BIG-IP APM solution will be available in the second quarter of 2014. Potential customers will need to contact a local F5 sales office for availability in their area.

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