BARCELONA: VMware used the second day of its VMworld Europe conference to show off updates coming to its Horizon platform, a project aimed at providing workers with access to applications and data from mobile devices, including new support for Apple's iPhone.
The firm's chief technology officer Stephen Herrod said that companies are struggling to meet the challenges posed by mobile devices, especially with users bringing their own personal devices into the workplace, and outlined what VMware is doing to address this.
"We need to transform the legacy PC experience into a service, to ensure that applications are available on all devices within a multi-device workspace," he said.
The Horizon Suite, set to be available as a beta release by the end of the year, pulls together several existing VMware technologies, including Horizon Mobile, Horizon Application Manager, Project Octopus and AppBlast.
Horizon Application Manager already unifies management of any Windows, web-based or software-as-a-service applications into a central catalogue, and additionally now supports mobile applications.
On devices that do not support Windows applications, a remote screen experience can be delivered using either a VMware View virtual desktop client or via AppBlast, which presents the application inside a browser.
"So [Horizon] takes all your apps, moves them to an app catalogue and provides access to a full desktop experience and critical files," Herrod said.
Meanwhile, VMware's Horizon Mobile technology, which uses virtualisation to provide a sandboxed business workspace on Android handsets, is being introduced to the iPhone.
"We've had a lot of demand for this on the iPhone," said Herrod, although the technology is not identical to that used in the existing Android version.
"Rather than a whole virtual phone, it wraps up individual apps in a container that enables policies to be enforced around them by the IT department," he explained.
Such policies include the ability to prevent users from copying content from a business app to another, non-managed application, to prevent sensitive information being leaked.
Horizon Suite will deliver "integrated management and policies that follow users, not devices," Herrod said.
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