Partitioning porn from PowerPoint: VMware's virtualisation vision

Partitioning porn from PowerPoint: VMware's virtualisation vision

Summary: VMware's vision of a virtualised future extends far beyond their existing desktop and server virtualisation products, to include virtualised mobile devices, and even software-defined data centres (SDD).

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On this week's Patch Monday podcast, you'll hear how VMware sees mobile device virtualisation as an answer to the complexities of managing bring your own device (BYOD) environments — employees would have two virtual phones in the one physical device.

"The notion would be that, one side of the phone is for your personal use, and you can do whatever the heck you want; and the other side of the phone is for corporate use, and you can only do what IT allows you to do. IT can only see the corporate side of your phone, and not your personal side," said Srinivas Krishnamurti, VMware's senior director of enterprise mobile solutions.

"So if you're watching porn or whatever on your personal side, that's your business, man. IT won't even know; they shouldn't care, it's your personal device," he said. And yet, they could control and even delete the corporate side, whenever they needed.

Krishnamurti explained how VMware took different approaches to Google's Android and Apple's iOS: full operating system virtualisation with the former, which is already available; and application-level virtualisation with the latter, expected to be released in beta before the end of the year.

You'll also hear VMware's vision for SDD, where virtualisation applies to not only the processing power, but to everything from routing and security to availability, as explained by Muneyb Minhazuddin, the company's director of product marketing for Asia Pacific and Japan.

To leave an audio comment on the program, Skype to stilgherrian, or phone Sydney +61 2 8011 3733.

Running time 39 minutes, 18 seconds.

Stilgherrian travelled to VMworld in San Francisco as VMware's guest.

Topics: Virtualization, Mobility, VMware

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He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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