At VMworld last year, VMware announced something they were working on called "Project Octopus." You may recall that Octopus is a file synchronization technology that's similar to Dropbox or Box, with the difference being that Octopus will run on the vCloud infrastructure. (The idea is that a company could use Octopus to create their own Dropbox-like service, so they don't have to worry about regulations with external data storage and trusting cloud providers, etc.)
VMware is planning to make native Octopus clients available for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and whatever other popular platforms people use.
Most people (myself included) were excited about Octopus, though we haven't really heard too much about it since the initial announcement back in August. But today at a VMware End User Computing customer round table today, I noticed that VMware's VP of End User Computing Vittorio Viarengo had an Octopus icon on his iPhone. I asked him about it and got a quick demo.
Vittorio explained that this was an early alpha that they were just using for testing internally, but he showed us the basic functionality. It works exactly as you'd expect. His Macbook had an Octopus folder that contained all of his documents, photos, etc., which the Octopus app on the iPhone also had access to. He snapped a quick photo of me with the iPhone camera and in an instant that photo appeared in the photos folder on his laptop.
He said they're really focusing on getting Octopus integrated with the rest of the VMware End User Computing offerings, and that it should come out sometime this year.