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Make Way for Mobile Virtualization

Added 17th Jul 2012

 Vodafone’s Global Enterprise recently announced that it’s working on a dual persona mobile client, which will offer business users the capability to classify their personal and business information. So how exactly does this mobile client function?

 Dual Persona, also known as mobile virtualization, is facilitating multiple virtual operating systems onto one single device. It is doing all this with a mobile hypervisor that provides the ability to create separate instances of a mobile operating system on a single smartphone or tablet. So it's one way to intermingle different competitors in a common virtualized environment — it means that you can now have a Nokia phone that contains two operating systems, Android and Blackberry.

 This mobile revolution in virtualization has been talked about a lot, and soon, Telefonica will become the first in the market to offer virtualized phones in the carrier front.

 Other companies such as Open Kernel Labs and Red Bend are also developing mobile virtualization technologies. Qualcomm Research India is also looking into the mobile virtualization trend. Verizon also announced plans to offer virtualization technology on LG phones. VMware unveiled Horizon Mobile uses virtualization to create a secure and isolated phone-within-a-phone condition that separates an employee’s mobile workspace from his personal space. Its multiple features allow IT to remotely provision and de-provision devices as required.

 A lot has been talked on how mobile virtualization could be a boon to the existing Bring-Your-Own-Device syndrome.

 According to an IDC report, 55 percent of all smart phones used in business will be employee owned by 2015. Obviously, CIOs and their IT departments need to figure out new techniques to create a divide between their users’ data and business critical information. It should not only be convenient for the employees, but also the top management should breathe easy with their employee data more secure.

 In the last few years, Indian enterprises have shown a lot of enthusiasm in understanding the complexities of this new trend in virtualization. In a recent global survey conducted by Cisco, three of every four employees in India use multiple gadgets for work-related purposes. So will mobile virtualization help CIOs and IT departments strengthen their BYOD policies and rid employees and top management of this mobile multiplicity? It remains to be seen.