The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

Dec 30 2010   9:23PM GMT

Personal Phone / Work Phone

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Huh? You ask?

Well what I am talking about is the fact that LG and VMware are working together to get smartphones in the hands of all employees. This way the employee can have their work phone seperate via a virtual layer from there personal phone, they get some smartphone virus on their personal phone, it will be unable to traverse through the virtual layer to the work phone, protecting corporate information etc.

You might think that being able to virtualize a second operating system on your phone doesn’t have much consumer relevance, but VMware’s got a point: with smartphones becoming more of an end-user phenomenon than ever before, it’s getting tougher for IT departments to sell employees on giving up their personal phones in favor of a secure, managed, corporate-provided alternative. With the virtualized setup, the work phone lives as an app within the personal phone — two phone numbers, two complete environments, and only the work environment can be controlled by the IT nerds. Long term, the concept would be that employees could use whatever phone their little hearts desire — companies would merely need to dump their VMware setup on top and you’ve suddenly got your work phone integrated. Follow the break for the press release and a video demo of VMware’s virtualization software (on a Nexus One, not an LG) in action.

Check out the Video that Engadget posted. Or go read the whole article here!

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