The VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP) was announced more than two years ago. Then the mobile phone virtualization product kind of fell off the face of the earth until last week, when VMware and LG said they’d add MVP to LG’s Android smartphones.
Basically, the VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform is supposed to give corporate IT more control over personal smartphones without harsh restrictions on personal use. MVP does this with a smartphone hypervisor that creates two profiles, one for business use and one for personal use.
Now you can see MVP’s mobile phone virtualization technology in action. Check out this VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform demo video:
The idea behind the VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform is a good one. For example, I have corporate email on my Droid Incredible, but doing so also gives my IT department permission to remote wipe my phone at any time. I trust that they won’t, but they could. And that’s scary. With mobile phone virtualization and multiple profiles, I wouldn’t have to worry about that, because my personal data and apps would be separate from all my corporate stuff.
Of course, the top factor in the success or failure of the VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform will be usability. This MVP demo video makes it look like a breeze, but I’ll be very interested to hear what real users think once the product hits the market.