VMware is developing a new virtualized mobile offering that will enable enterprise workers to use their own smartphones and media tablets to securely conduct business-related activities.
Unveiled at the VMworld 2011 conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the new corporate mobile workspace offering is part of the VMware Horizon platform for extending the benefits of cloud -based application management to virtual Windows apps.
VMware Horizon Mobile is expected to take its first bows on Android -based mobile devices from LG and Samsung in the months ahead.
"As a result, employees will gain the freedom to choose a single Android device for both personal and work use," said VMware Senior Product Manager Ben Goodman, in a blog.
The endgame for this kind of technology is to keep consumer and enterprise application environments separate, noted Al Hilwa, director of applications development software at IDC.
"In its full glory, this will allow devices purchased by consumers to be used as parts of corporate IT environments as first-class citizens, able to run enterprise applications safely and securely," Hilwa said.
An Enterprise Boost For Android
With VMware Horizon Mobile, the goal is to give IT departments the ability to securely provision, manage and de-provision what amounts to a phone within a phone that will reside on mobile devices in isolation from the user's personal handset environment.
When this type of technology is in operation, it will boost Android's viability for enterprise applications, Hilwa said.
"It will imply that issues with Android's consumer environment do not affect enterprise apps and data ," he said.
Eventually, however, the virtualization and cloud infrastructure provider intends to develop VMware Horizon Mobile offerings for the other major mobile device platforms from Apple, Microsoft and Research In Motion. The goal of ubiquitous availability for the new corporate mobile workspace offering is important because roughly 70 percent of today's enterprise workers regularly use mobile devices to achieve business goals, according to a recent study conducted by Enterprise Management Associates. (continued...)