The technology, known as VMware Horizon Mobile, essentially creates two phones on the same device by installing a guest operating system in a virtual machine, resulting in a work environment that is isolated from a user’s personal environment, applications and data. LG and Samsung have both agreed to build phones containing VMware’s mobile hypervisor.
VMware and partners have conducted enterprise trials with 50 users from 5 businesses to gain feedback on performance and usability, and is conducting more trials next month. VMware has also developed a smartphone management platform for IT shops known as Horizon Mobile Manager, a Web-based product designed to help administrators provision, monitor and manage corporate phone profiles on employee-owned devices. Telefonica will resell Horizon Mobile Manager in a cloud-based service.