VMware mashes work and personal phones

If you're sick of having to carry around two smartphones, one for work and one for your personal life, there are options coming that will save you grief and the need to carry multiple devices everywhere.

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If you're sick of having to carry around two smartphones, one for work and one for your personal life, there are options coming that will save you grief and the need to carry multiple devices everywhere.

One such product is the VMware Horizon Mobile solution. Basically, this platform enables a user to run a "phone-in-a-phone", meaning both work and personal mobile environments separately on the same device. Users would be able to have two phone numbers and data accounts on the same smartphone.

Think of it like a partition on a computer hard drive, but in terms of virtualisation with far less dedicated space for the work phone, and it's much easier to toggle between the two user interfaces.

The work environment is entirely encrypted and tied to the requirements of the respective enterprise providing the phone number (and possibly the smartphone), but the personal side is unaffected and can download as well as use any apps.

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Hoofar Razavi, director of product management for VMware, explained during the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco last week that VMware will be working with the mobile original equipment manufacturers to make devices enterprise-ready so that the end user can buy whatever device they like, and then the IT department can issue the virtual work phone over-the-air.

"By the time you get that corporate phone, it's good for use," said Razavi.

As seen in the side screenshots, the personal phone is truly the main screen with an icon to the "work phone". When clicked on, it takes you to the VMware UI. The work side should take up less than 1GB of space, and it also allows for a corporate app store with pre-approved apps (ie, Salesforce, etc) so that users don't need to worry about more expenses and the configuration.

Management for that store as well as the devices can be controlled by IT departments (alleviating some bring-your-own-device security worries) in the platform seen below.

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Although VMware Horizon Mobile hasn't been released yet, the technology should be 100 per cent applicable to any mobile device on any operating system when it becomes available.

Via ZDNet US