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VMware and Okta Enter into New Partnership

Last week VMware Inc. and Okta Inc. announced their plans to integrate VMware Workspace ONE with Okta Identity Cloud "to enable customers to easily and more securely move to the cloud, leverage existing technology investments and simplify IT management," according to the press release.

The Okta Identity Cloud is comprised of multiple products that help customers provide secure and flexible access to tools through one integrated service. Powered by VMware AirWatch Technology, VMware Workspace ONE is a digital workspace platform that's available as a cloud service or for on-premises deployment that allows customers the simple and secure delivery of apps on multiple devices. Through the integration of these two technologies, the companies aim to benefit customers with "improved choice and flexibility as they provide employees with a central, secure hub to access all the apps, services and devices for digital workspace success."

According to the announcement, the partnership will enable the following product integration and support for customers:

  • Deep contextual access management capabilities to enable intelligent access decisions: Okta's user-centric access control layer combined with VMware's device-centric access control layer and intelligence enables easier management of mobile devices, cloud applications, on-premises solutions, and data or resources for anyone who interacts with the customer's technology. Customers can define rules in Okta's policy framework to process signals -- including credentials, device, location, network and the protocol of the app or browser -- and intelligently make access decisions.
  • Enhanced UX & app access: Leveraging Okta's SAML applications inside of Workspace ONE will offer choice and increased flexibility, with a seamless passwordless UX, delivering a consistent and more secure UX.

"A digital workspace platform can provide the freedom and efficiency for employees to choose how and where they want to work. However, delivering a great end-user experience and security across a variety of device platforms while leveraging existing investments remains a challenge. We're excited to partner with Okta to deliver advanced identity capabilities for the digital workspace, and empower customers with maximum choice and the flexibility needed to get the job done," said Noah Wasmer, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware, in a prepared statement.

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Wendy Hernandez is group managing editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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