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What's next: Mobile virtualisation

Posted: 06 Mar 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processors  mobile-device-management  mobile virtualisation 

Some basic oversight and policy control over personal devices in the enterprise have already been achieved. As a result, corporate IT administrators in 2012 face the "appification" of enterprise services. Opening up platforms such as iOS and Android to outside developers brings an increased risk of malware. Mobile virtualisation enables one physical device to run two parallel virtual phones, supporting enterprise and personal use without compromising enterprise security or personal privacy.

These next-generation mobile devices will have quad-core Cortex-A15 processors from ARM with built-in hardware support for mobile virtualisation. Users will be able to manage their work and their lives on one phone.

For example, the consumer domain will provide a full consumer version of Android with Android Market, Facebook, Angry Birds and other popular consumer apps. The service provider and handset manufacturer manage this domain and will keep the consumer software up to date.

The secure enterprise domain, meanwhile, will be deployed over the air and run its own Android instance without any market or consumer apps. Instead, this domain will connect to the enterprise mobile-device-management (MDM) system and, potentially, to a self-support portal/app store for employees. From these, the IT administrator can provision and take control of a full enterprise-targeted Android environment with IT-controlled enterprise apps. Updates of this Android version might be less frequent to ensure that enterprise applications run smoothly and can be validated as they become available.

As mobile virtualisation increases the security, manageability and control of the Android environment, developers will have more incentive to create applications targeting the enterprise—setting the stage for the next revolution in enterprise computing.

About the author
Morten Grauballe is executive vice president of products and strategy at Red Bend Software. Grauballe earlier was vice president of product management for Symbian Ltd., where he brought Symbian OS v8 and v9 to market.

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