Mobile Virtualization: Technology With A Future

By | Jun 21, 2012

Mobile virtualization enables multiple operating systems to run on a single wireless device. IT admins can harness this technology to help them migrate from one OS to another easily, which is often done on an open-source OS, such as Android or Linux. What does the future hold with this technology? It's a bright one, says; a technology that offers a win-win situation for developers and users.

Going Virtual on the Mobile - Consumerization Benefits

Going virtual on your mobile phone has a lot of benefits. By using this technology, it becomes much easier to get a one-of-a-kind, seamless experience right at your fingertips, on your smartphone. Imagine the high-end messaging process on a Blackberry combined with the smooth OS of iPhone. This is what IT professionals can expect when they go virtual with their mobile devices. It is a common phenomenon that people generally get bored and frustrated with their old apps, and so Google gets millions of hits from people searching for new apps for their mobiles. Virtualization helps them to get around this problem easily.

Reducing Cost

According to a recent InformationWeek report, it's easy to see that by using virtualization on your mobile device, you can experience some benefits in cost reduction. As the platform is free, end users can select their favorite apps, OS, and phone styles. When this concept is extended to employees in SMBs, it can also help reduce cost.

For example, in a recent post by CIO, VMware has announced its effectual launch of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program. This program makes it mandatory for all of their 6,000 US VMware employees to use their personal smartphones for work. Is this switch to a BYOD workplace good or bad? While it allows employees to use the technology with which they are most comfortable, the cost of workplaces devices is now on the employee rather than the employer. The CIO of VMware, Mark Egan, has acknowledged that all of his goals have been met, though he is quick to say that the plan is still in its first stages.

Taking Advantage

ITBusinessEdge has also reported that mobile users will soon be able to take advantage of the Oracle and Citrix environments on their mobile devices. All of this should be good news for IT professionals and SMBs that conduct businesses with their mobile devices. It's easy to see where mobile virtualization is going from this point. With a whole new experience brought to our mobile devices with virtualization, we may be less and less inclined to rely on our desktop systems. This mobile experience promises to provide a seamless and user-friendly environment.

What does the switch to BYOD mean for small and midsize businesses? Apart from cost reduction and great user experience with mobile virtualization, SMBs considering joining the BYOD movement will have fewer issues integrating personal technology into the enterprise environment. In the words of Larry Seltzer of InformationWeek, "It's the ultimate solution to the security problems of consumerization and BYOD. The user can be as irresponsible as they wish with their private phone VM [virtual machine], and IT can be as overbearing and picky as they wish with the business VM, and they don't interfere with each other."

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