VMware virtualises mobile phones

VMware has revealed its Mobile Virtualisation Platform, which it claims will simplify handset and operating system development.

Virtualisation leader VMware has taken its system to mobile phones, in the hopes that manufactures can separate the hardware from the operating system and reduce time to market for new products.

The VMware Mobile Virtualisation Platform (MVP) is based on technology the firm picked up when it acquired Trango Virtual Processors last month.

The hypervisor sits between the hardware and the operating system, allowing for more standardisation, as the same software can be used across differnt handset hardware. This means fewer drivers need to be developed and less testing needs to occur, shortening the time it takes to get a new phone on the market, VMware claimed.

"By abstracting the applications and data from the hardware itself, we expect that virtualisation will not only enable handset vendors to accelerate time to market but can also pave the way for innovative applications and services for phone users," said Paul Maritz, VMware's chief executive.

For end users, it offers the ability to have multiple profiles on the same phone and more easily transfer profiles and data sets across handsets, the firm said.

The software will be embedded on handsets at the manufacturing stage, and is designed to run on devices with limited memory without straining batteries, VMware claimed.

Monica Basso, research vice president at Gartner, predicted that half of new smartphones will be virtualised by 2012.

However, VMware has yet to get any manufacturers to sign up to use the system. "There's a lot of discussions on-going today," Fredrik Sjostedt, EMEA director of product marketing, told IT PRO. "But we're not announcing any partnerships yet."

VMware faces challenges from Microsoft in the virtualisation area - read more here.

Featured Resources

BCDR buyer's guide for MSPs

How to choose a business continuity and disaster recovery solution

Download now

The definitive guide to IT security

Protecting your MSP and your customers

Download now

Cost of a data breach report 2020

Find out what factors help mitigate breach costs

Download now

The complete guide to changing your phone system provider

Optimise your phone system for better business results

Download now

Recommended

VMware patches critical flaws in vRealize AI platform
hacking

VMware patches critical flaws in vRealize AI platform

31 Mar 2021
Accenture and VMware launch joint business group to aid cloud migration
Cloud

Accenture and VMware launch joint business group to aid cloud migration

11 Feb 2021
Hackers encrypt virtual hard disks using two VMWare ESXi vulnerabilities
VMware

Hackers encrypt virtual hard disks using two VMWare ESXi vulnerabilities

2 Feb 2021
Fujitsu Primeflex for VMware vSAN Appliance review: A piece of cake
Server & storage

Fujitsu Primeflex for VMware vSAN Appliance review: A piece of cake

2 Feb 2021

Most Popular

KPMG offers staff 'four-day fortnight' in hybrid work plans
flexible working

KPMG offers staff 'four-day fortnight' in hybrid work plans

6 May 2021
16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

29 Apr 2021
Qualcomm modem flaw puts millions of Android users at risk
Google Android

Qualcomm modem flaw puts millions of Android users at risk

6 May 2021