The beta of VMware Octopus has been announced.
For those of you who don't know what is VMware Octopus, you can head to this video published by at YouTube to get closer look what Octopus is and how it will work.
I have blogged about Octopus when VMware has announced the project during VMworld 2011 last year. You can read my detailed article here.
Octopus has Dropbox like file management and sharing capabilities, but reinforced with rules and policies for entreprise administration. Octopus be able to made your files to be accessed from any device and share them with people both inside (other colleagues) and outside (friends, customers or partners) a secure manner.
The files can be accessed from any device, VMware updated an Octopus client for iPad and iPhone. The latest version is 1.0.1. There are also clients for Android, Windows desktops, and web. It is a file syncing technology actually, with more robust controls on how those files are managed.
IT admins will be able to control and apply access and security policies. Another interesting news is that it will be possible to configure and mange the datas which are out of date. In fact, 80 percent of files in a collaboration system are not accessed after more than two years. Octopus will be able to automatically identify these orphaned files. The owners of those files will receive a warning, and then those files can be archived or deleted by octopus automatically.
An Octopus client version 1.0.1 for Mac OS and iPad can be downloaded from Apple Store.
As for now, a private beta invite is necessary in order to test the service, with priority on individuals and partners with active
A quick quote from VMware:
Project Octopus is the successful marriage of Zimbra and Mozy technologies, with some additional code jointly developed by the two teams. Prior to GA release, it will be folded into Horizon, providing a centralized policy and entitlement engine that will broker user access to applications, virtual desktops and data resources. The result will be a simple, seamless end-user experience when accessing work resources across private and public clouds on whatever device the user chooses.