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Verizon, VMware roll out Android work, life sandboxes

Verizon Enterprise will use VMware's Horizon Mobile software to segment work and life personas. The move is part of a broader effort to make Android more enterprise friendly.
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Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

Verizon's enterprise unit and VMware said Wednesday that they have rolled out a "dual persona solution" that segregates corporate information running on Android devices.

Under the deal, the two companies will offer the dual persona software on the LG Intuition and Motorola RAZR M smartphones used by Verizon Enterprise customers. The dual persona software is powered by VMware’s Horizon Mobile software.

VMware's Horizon Mobile creates a corporate workspace managed and controlled by the information technology department. A worker's personal information and data remain separate. The corporate workspace has its own OS, applications and policies.

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Samsung has been rolling out similar technology called Knox to separate work and personal identities. BlackBerry also has a similar approach. 

Ultimately, Verizon and VMware's Horizon Mobile deal is another data point that vendors are working to make Android more enterprise friendly. In the enterprise, Apple's iOS has a dominant position over Android.

VMware Horizon Mobile will run corporations $125 a user for a perpetual license.

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