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By Kevin McLaughlin, CRN May 08, 2012 9:00 AM ET
Despite their security advantages, Type 1 mobile hypervisors are not garnering as much industry interest, at least at this point in time, as their Type 2 counterparts, according to Brian Lesniakowski, CTO at AEC Group, a Bridgeville, Pa.-based solution provider. He has seen “very slow adoption” of Type 1 hypervisors to date.
“We see more of a migration to the enterprise app store approach, where the apps are delivered to whatever device, and from that you can secure and manage devices with whitelists and blacklists,” Lesniakowski said. “You can verify what is running on the device and change permissions once it connects to the network, based on the outcome of policies executed against it.”
VMware’s Horizon Mobile, unveiled last September at VMworld and expected to launch later this year, is a Type 2 mobile hypervisor. Early customers include industry support from Samsung and LG on the handset side and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Wireless and Telefonica on the carrier side.
Horizon Mobile uses virtualization to create a secure and isolated phone-within-a-phone that walls off a user’s mobile workspace from their personal space, and it also comes with advanced management features that allow IT to remotely provision and de-provision devices as needed. It is the mobile piece of Horizon App Manager, VMware’s application management and single sign-on offering for SaaS applications.
“[Horizon Mobile] sends me, over the wire, a complete virtual Android phone and all of the applications on it,” VMware CTO Stephen Herrod said at an industry event last September. “We see the notion of a dual persona, where IT has control of their world, as something that people are really interested in.”
While mobile virtualization is attracting interest, the products to date are all Android-based. Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) doesn’t support mobile virtualization for iPhones and iPads, and given the massive volume of these devices that are making their way into businesses, its absence could slow the market’s development, according to solution providers.
Desktop virtualization is always an option, and some organizations are turning to Citrix (NSDQ:CTXS) Receiver or VMware View to handle their BYOD issues with iPhone and iPads. Robert Germain, vice president of engineering at Hub Technical Services, a South Easton, Mass.-based solution provider, is seeing some customers turn to Citrix while they wait for mobile virtualization products to arrive.
“When someone comes in with their iPad, they can download Citrix Receiver for free, and we give credentials to control it with Microsoft Active Directory, giving them access to corporate data,” Germain said. “This approach is for companies that don’t want to manage the phones, just the access.”
Desktop virtualization faces its own set of challenges, however, as many projects have been derailed by higher than expected infrastructure costs, technical complexity and a sluggish return on investment.
The promise of mobile virtualization has been bubbling up for years, but the mobile device boom is drawing more attention to the technology than ever before. Now it’s up to vendors to bring products to market that solve the tough issues that BYOD poses to IT, without getting in the way of the productivity advantages of consumerization.
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