Will the iPhone be Virtualized?

Thursday Dec 16th 2010 by Amy Newman

Could virtualization vendor VMware, having inked a virtualization deal for Android smartphones, be setting its sights on the iPhone?

Virtualization has been all the rage in enterprise data centers. As it works its way down the infrastructure food chain, how long until the popular iPhone sees virtualization?

First came workstation virtualization, then came server virtualization, then the virtual desktop became a hot item. Now, virtualization can be described as ubiquitous in the data center and well understood, albeit not widely deployed, on the desktop.

And now virtualization is moving yet further downstream. Last week, VMware announced it had partnered with LG to enable virtualization on its Android-powered phones and ideally make employee-owned smartphones palatable to security-conscious enterprises,

LG has a strong and growing presence in the consumer market, but it is dwarfed by BlackBerry in the enterprise market. LG will work with VMware to integrate its end-user computing technology into its phones. This will "enable users to adopt the mobile device of their choice, while allowing corporate IT departments to manage sensitive data on those devices with enterprise-level security and compliance," a statement from VMware said.

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