VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

Summary: If Verizon and VMware can gain traction, Android devices may look more appealing to chief information officers.

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In a move that could bolster the bring your own device argument, Verizon and VMware said they will partner on mobile virtualization for Android devices.

Specifically, Verizon will use VMware's Horizon Mobile technology for business customers. VMware Mobile Horizon will allow IT departments to provision manage and cut off mobile devices over air. In a nutshell, Verizon and VMware will segment devices for both professional and personal uses.

VMware Horizon Mobile will also access the applications in the Android Market. LG will be among the first handset makers to use the VMware-Verizon virtualization bundle. According to GigaOm, VMware, which also announced a pact with Telefonica, ultimately wants to write its virtualization code into Android.

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Virtualization has been seen as a way for businesses to secure data and enterprise apps on multiple devices. If Verizon and VMware can gain traction, Android devices may look more appealing to chief information officers.

At the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, a bevy of technology executives have said they are favoring Apple's iOS because it's more consistent and easier to secure than Android, which has various flavors and can run differently depending on what hardware is used.

According to VMware, Horizon Mobile allows users to have a corporate and personal profile. The IT department would be able to alter the corporate side of the phone.

Topics: Virtualization, Hardware, Mobility, VMware, Verizon

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  • So they need a Verizon phone?

    Lots of people do have smartphones, but wouldn't this idea require that all devices have to be verizon to accomplish what you propose here. So companies have to tell their employees that they HAVE to have a verizon phone of their own so that the company itself can put company data on an employee phone, so that they can essentially have remote access into the phone? NO THANKS! I don't want my companies it dept to TOUCH my phone. My guess is that it will be cheaper and more reliable for a long time for companies to provide employees with company phones.

    Another tech idea comin in for a bellyflop!
    elCharles
    • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

      @elCharles
      +1
      readydave1
    • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

      @elCharles If you are using your phone to access company data, your IT department should already have remote access to it. At the very least they should have remote wipe capabilities and minimum device security practices. But I, agree that it would be easier and more effective for the company to provide the devices.
      dmeguy
    • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

      @elCharles Add me to the mix. It's bad enough that large Fortune 100 companies (including those in the IT space) require me to have a phone with a huge amount of minutes, all at my expense. It's still another for them to then take control of the thing.

      When they pay the piper, they can call the tunes. Until then, leave me alone....
      geek49203_z
      • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

        @geek49203_z A lot of people were I work would rather have ONE phone than two to carry around and want that phone to be their own phone. If its segmented the IT department will only have access to the IT part.
        piiman
  • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

    This is not a new idea - there have been companies doing this, fiberlink and mobileiron to name just two. as far as being cheaper to have company paid phones - I would agree if there were not so many requests to "connect my personal phone to the email system" that then lack the control that a solution such as these provides.
    tech-guy-615
  • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

    This is half an article.
    reslyn
  • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

    I agree with tech-guy-615. I get so many request from employees that want to connect their personal 'smartphone' to our office network. If we had the ability to cut off, temporarily turn off, etc. it would be great. Right now you can only give them access, and unless you get a hold of their 'smartphone' again they will always have access. Or you will have to change the access password and then update all the phones that you want to have access. This sounds like a great partnership and app for the IT Professionals.
    tech-guy-904
    • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

      @tech-guy-904 How would they always have access? You can just disable their profile poof no more access.
      piiman
  • Great idea, wrong implementation

    Supporting a VM for corporate access can be a big part of making BYOT (Bring Your Own Tech) work well.<br><br>However, this should not be locked up in the hands of carriers. VMware should work with Google to embed the infrastructure to support a VM into Android. The customer, corporate or individual, should be able to easily acquire and install a VM on the device regardless of carrier.<br><br>When the VM connects to a corporate resource, it can be validated and permitted or rejected as needed. Anyone could install the VM for access to Chase Bank. Only those authorized will get in.<br><br>Corporate or individuals should be able to build their own VM or contract development out for a VM to access their resources.
    pwatson
    • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

      @pwatson
      The article stated that VMware wants this to be a part of android.
      mdeans@...
      • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

        @mdeans@... The article should say that "Verizon will use this capability in Android x.y" rather than saying they will use VMware.<br><br>If a carrier is involved, there will be a full force effort to make it a closed, proprietary, and as expensive as possible solution that is only available from the carrier. We already have enough of that.
        pwatson
  • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

    If you want access to company data on your phone then they should have the right to protect it. It's their data and people are just plain stupid when it come to secuirty. As far as companys requiring you to have a phone at your expense, this is absolutely unreasonable unless they 1- re-imburse, 2-made it a part of your job agreement and you agreed. Of course if you don't like it, I'm sure that other jobs are plentiful. NOT! LOL
    btamxx
  • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

    I'ld be happy to have an answering machine. But I'ld really like to be able to sync my corporate calender too.
    makerofbeating
  • RE: VMware, Verizon partner on mobile virtualization; May give Android enterprise boost

    VMware Horizon Mobile is getting quite popular and works amazingly. This technology, can create two phones on one single device, which allows in having a work environment completely isolated from the user???s personal environment, data and apps. This has made Samsung and LG agreeing to build phones containing VMware???s mobile hypervisor. read more http://v12ntoday.com/blogposts/vmware-introduces-virtualized-android-phones-for-verizon.html
    Matt Bancroft