Virtualization on the mobile phone

We’ve had virtual storage, virtual machines and virtual data centers. Now VMware is looking to the next frontier: the virtual mobile phone.

The company has announced the mobile virtualization platform (MVP) aimed at handset vendors to enable mobile users to choose between two different platforms or phone numbers on a single handset.

Speaking at the VMworld conference, VMware chief technology officer Steve Herrod said that it would enable users who had separate phones for work and for home to be able to use both phones from a single device.

“The way that I envisage it working would be that IT departments would outline a set of policies and particular software build. In essence, this means that users would be able bring any device into the workplace and the IT team could use that device to include any particular workplace policies. “It could even be the case that one device could have multiple operating systems running so that you see Symbian and Android in a single view,” Herrod said.

The software for MVP is a result of VMware’s acquisition of a French company, Trango Software. Herrod said that although MVP has sprouted from Trango’s original work, there had been a VMware team working with them to fully incorporate it into VMware’s product line.

He said that the software was now available for handset vendors to look, but couldn’t specify when products might be available as that was in the hands of the vendors.

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