BARCELONA: VMware has showcased a virtualisation application designed to separate personal and business information on any Android device.
The software will allow two versions of Android to run simultaneously, one managed by the enterprise and the other controlled by the end user.
Hoofar Razivi, director of product management at VMware, demonstrated the application on the LG Optimus Black, showing a seamless and instant switch between the two operating systems without the need to reset the device.
"Users are free to install any applications they want on the personal side, while enterprises set the policies and manage applications on the corporate side," he told V3.co.uk.
"The application gives users and administrators the choice of using the Android platform, and has all the regular enterprise security features."
IT administrators can set policies relating to the work environment, such as turning off the cut and paste to prevent the copying of sensitive data, and disabling the camera, GPS and Bluetooth.
Data can be remotely wiped from the corporate side of the phone, and secure VPN connectivity has been built in.
Razavi also noted that the application is independent of the underlying operating system, and will be available over the air so it has the potential to work on any Android device. However, some older devices could struggle to run the app.
The virtualisation application will come to market later this year, and there are currently no pricing details.
It will be launched for the Android platform, but VMware has plans to support other operating systems, Razavi added.
Handset and software makers are increasingly focusing on ways to market single devices which can be used in work and leisure environments without compromising enterprise security.
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