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Okta + VMware Partner to Reimagine the Workspace Experience

Monty Gray

Okta enables organizations of all sizes to easily and securely take advantage of technology. We connect people to the tools and solutions that they use to do their best work, from Office 365, to Zoom, to Palo Alto Networks. Every employee needs access to the tools and services to help them be more productive, and their IT teams want to enable that — but only if it can be accomplished securely. A secure workspace means providing employees with the right access to cloud apps and on-premises solutions, at the right time, to the right devices. Equally important, secure access can no longer come at the expense of the user experience. No organization should have to choose between the two.

Today, I’m thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with VMware to deliver advanced identity capabilities for the modern digital workspace. We’re bringing together VMware Workspace ONE and the Okta Identity Cloud to help solve our customers’ most complex challenges. Customers will benefit from improved choice and flexibility as they provide employees with a central, secure hub to access every app, service, and system in an organization. This partnership is part of our continued commitment to broaden and deepen our partner ecosystem and the Okta Integration Network, enabling both customers and partners to take advantage of the growing network effects of Okta’s 5,500+ integrations and 4,350 customers.

This partnership will enable product integration and support for customers, including:

Rich 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,  allows customers to easily manage access to mobile apps, cloud applications, on-premises solutions, and data or resources for anyone who interacts with the customer’s technology. Customers can define their own rules in Okta’s policy framework to process signals (including credentials, device, location, network, and the protocol of the app or browser) and make highly-informed access decisions.

Enhanced user experience and application access by presenting SAML applications that customers have configured in Okta inside of Workspace ONE. This will provide customers choice and increased flexibility, with a seamless, passwordless user experience — delivering consistency and security across the organization.

Customer choice. Okta’s 5,500+ app and IT infrastructure integrations, as well as Okta’s self-service capabilities, will give Workspace ONE customers choice and increased flexibility, empowering employees with a seamless user experience.

Best-in-class customer experience. VMware and Okta experts will be trained and equipped with co-branded interoperability documentation to support customers as they deploy these solutions together. We’ll work hand in hand to deliver consistent and secure user experiences for customers both now and in the future.

These initial integrations will be expanded over time to help our joint customers solve some of their most intractable problems spanning security, user lifecycle management, and administrative experience. In addition, Okta’s deep identity and access management combined with VMware’s leadership in unified endpoint management will cover the full lifecycle for a user, regardless of device, app or data.