Combining the words "virtualization" with "smartphone" is probably a great way to get a corporate techno geek to poke his head up from his cubicle long enough to pay attention to what you are saying. That's exactly what VMware and LG are trying to do with their latest announcement.
Virtualization giant VMware has been talking up the sexiness of virtualizing multiple operating systems on a smartphone for quite some time, and its new partnership with smartphone manufacturer LG seems to finally deliver on that vision.
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VMware calls this technological union of virtualization and mobile computing its Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP), and the company has been talking about it for at least two years. In November 2008, VMware announced plans to bring virtualization and its benefits to mobile phones thanks to the innovative technology it acquired from Trango Virtual Processors. Since then, VMware had been fairly quiet about any sort of product release, and changes in the mobile market haven't helped VMware's quest for mobile virtualization dominance either.
The companies are kicking things off by positioning their offering to the enterprise -- a market that is certainly no stranger to VMware. Much like the benefits to the enterprise from virtualizing desktop endpoint devices, VMware says this mobile virtualization technology will improve security and control of sensitive corporate data while enabling more flexible access and choice when it comes to employee-owned mobile devices.
Corporate IT departments are finding it more and more difficult to get employees to give up their personal phones in favor of a secure, managed, corporate-issued alternative because these company devices are usually very restrictive as to what you can do with them. On the flip side, employees aren't thrilled with the idea of having to carry around two phones, one for personal use and one for the company. Something has to give.