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VMware's Virtual World Goes Mobile

In VMware's world, nothing is real. Well, some things are -- VMware's hypervisor, its VMware server and certainly revenues, competition, customers and partners are all pretty real. But VMware's business is all about making real things virtual, and now the company is bringing its virtual revolution to a new territory.

This week, the EMC subsidiary introduced a hypervisor for mobile devices that is the result of its recent acquisition of French developer Trango Virtual Processors. Trango's app is now VMware's Mobile Virtualization Platform, and the company is targeting mobile phone makers with its new offering.

The move is interesting for a lot of reasons, but we're intrigued by it mainly because, as far as we can tell, Citrix and Microsoft haven't moved into the mobile space yet. Either VMware sees some real opportunity there and is trying to grab the market before everybody else does, or the company is covering a few extra bases in an attempt to guarantee a revenue stream in case Microsoft (for example) starts eating away at precious market share in the enterprise -- or maybe a little of both.

In either case, it's another frontier for virtualization, a technology that seems to have almost unlimited potential. The functionality involved might be virtual, but the market and revenue potential could be very real. The only questions at this point involve how long it will take for mobile technology to go virtual, and how quickly VMware's competitors will follow it into this space. At this point, it looks at though VMware's reputation as virtualization pioneer is solidly intact.

Is there any limit to what virtualization can do? What are some creative uses for it you've thought of or implemented? Share your thoughts at lpender@rcpmag.com.

Posted by Lee Pender on November 12, 2008 at 11:55 AM


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