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Oct 20 2011   9:43AM GMT

Time capsule: Mobile virtualization in 2008

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

In doing research for my story on yesterday’s VMware mobile virtualization news, Keith Kessinger and I came across some articles from 2008, when VMware first announced its Mobile Virtualization Platform. Some of the predictions and comments about the mobile market in those articles are pretty entertaining, either because they’re way off the mark or they’re really dated. So we thought we’d share them with you:

Srinivas Krishnamurti, VMware’s director of product management and market development … cited a prediction from Stamford, Conn.-based research firm Gartner Inc. that 50% of smart phones will ship with a virtualization layer by 2012.

We’re two and a half months away from 2012, and that number is close to 0%. Either mobile virtualization is going to set all sorts of holiday sales records, or this prediction is not coming true.

VMware has announced the VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP), a hypervisor that will run on some of the most popular mobile phones, including Apple’s iPhone and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry.

Ah, 2008, back when you could use “BlackBerry” and “popular” in the same sentence. Also, MVP won’t run on either BlackBerry or the iPhone. It’s only available on Android devices.

“It’s amazing the number of different problems we’ve been able to solve with virtualization,” Krishnamurti said. Likewise, MVP’s real potential may lie somewhere completely novel and in “solving problems we haven’t even thought of yet,” he said.

The problem then was the need to separate personal and business phones on the same device. That’s the same problem today. Three years later, we still haven’t even thought of the “problems we haven’t even thought of.” But when we finally do, mobile virtualization will solve them!

VMware is getting into the mobile phone virtualization market, but partners say the technology is way too new to know how it will affect them.

Three years later, this one’s still true.

If you want to read the full articles from 2008, here they are:

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