VMware brings virtualisation to phones

by admin November 10, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Handsets to get multiple personalities

VMware is to put virtualisation technology on mobile phones so that users can combine multiple profiles, such as one for business and one for personal use, into one handset.

Announced today, VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP) is a thin layer of software embedded on the handset that decouples the applications and data from the underlying hardware.However, it is unclear when devices using this technology will become available.

VMware claimed that MVP should enable handset makers to bring devices to market faster, as the operating system and application stack need not be tied to the phone’s underlying hardware, as is currently the case. It should also enable greater security by allowing some services, such as authentication and billing, to be isolated from the rest of the handset.

Read more: vnunet.com