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VMware Delves Deeper into the Mobile Virtualization Platform

Samsung and LG devices to run VMware’s mobile hypervisor

VMware has certainly announced some significant products and partnerships at the VMworld 2011 global conference happening this week. But the highlight has been the company's strong headway into the mobile virtual market that aptly addresses data synchronization demands brought about by rapid smartphone and tablet proliferation for both enterprise and personal usage.

VMware has plans to deliver virtual desktops to Samsung and LG android devices by integrating its recently updated desktop virtualization platform, VM View 5 and newly revealed VMware Horizon Mobile with Samsung mobile units. Horizon Mobile facilitates a dual purpose (personal/work) mobile device by running a virtual machine of a corporate smartphone inside your personal use phone/tablet. Users will then be able to use their personal phones to securely access their work data and applications including Microsoft Exchange, Calendar, SharePoint, or corporate software-as-a-service apps apart from their personal data. VMware View software provides a consolidated desktop experience without the burden of a physical desktop or a traditional fully decked workstation through simpler provisioning. The updated version will deliver access to corporate data from a centralized infrastructure with high-fidelity experience for users requiring applications, unified communications and immersive 3D graphics environments. Security is maintained by isolating the corporate identity from personal apps resulting in two different profiles with two full versions of Android running on one device. Ancillary management software will be able to remotely control, delete and set policies for the corporate applications if a user loses the phone or quits the company.

With Apple's iPad trickling down to the enterprise, Samsung running VMware's mobile hypervisor could not only widen the choice for business clients but also provide the phone maker with an opportunity to leverage first-mover advantages before VMware decides to add support for other Android devices and maybe even Apple iOS, RIM BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 operating systems.