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Telefónica and VMware to Offer Work and Personal Profiles with Dual Persona Android Devices
Today at VMworld 2011 Europe, Telefónica and VMware, Inc. announced a strategic partnership to deliver VMware Horizon Mobile, enabling Telefónica customers to gain the freedom to choose a single Android device for work and personal use.

VMware Horizon Mobile will provide a simple way for IT departments to securely provision, manage and de-provision a corporate mobile workspace (phone, email, applications, data, etc.) to an employee’s Android device over-the-air, while enabling the employee to retain the privacy and control of their personal mobile environments.

VMware Horizon Mobile and Telefónica cloud solutions will enable users to gain access to a catalog of corporate approved applications and corporate data resources. Unlike other mobile solutions that require customized application development, enterprises and public organizations using VMware Horizon Mobile will be able to access and leverage the more than 250,000 applications available on the Android Market.

As a global operator, Telefónica's expertise in mobile networks provides the ability to have a second corporate, mobile (voice and data) subscription attached to an individual's personal mobile device. VMware Horizon Mobile isolates an individual’s personal and professional profiles at application level and supports separate work and personal telephone numbers and data services. Telefónica also plans to make the VMware Horizon Mobile Manager solution available in a cloud environment, enabling enterprises of all sizes to manage and deploy dual persona devices to their employees.

"VMware Horizon Mobile™ with our dual subscription feature and Telefónica cloud services will provide enterprises with the opportunity to manage and deliver a secure mobile environment, while providing individuals complete freedom over the personal use of the device," said Carlos Morales, Global M2M, Cloud and Apps Director of Telefónica Digital. "In addition, the ability to provision virtual work phones via the cloud means that corporate virtual phones can be easily updated and redeployed in case of loss or theft. As a result, expenses are reduced, employees are not bothered by restrictive policies and, most importantly, the corporate environment is fully secured."

"Inspired by the great experience they have with technology in their personal time, people want to bring the same devices and experience to work," said Steve Herrod, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Research and Development, VMware. "Working with Telefónica, VMware can offer enterprises the freedom to embrace employee-owned devices like never before. Offering the ability to easily provision and manage a ‘virtual phone-in-a-phone’, VMware Horizon Mobile™ will be able to provide both the security and control required by the enterprise, and the freedom of choice sought by employees."

To bring this solution to the market, both Telefónica and VMware are working with a growing ecosystem of partners. Among these various partners, Samsung will offer the Samsung Galaxy SII, tested and ready for use with VMware Horizon Mobile on Telefónica wireless networks.

"As consumers increasingly bring their own mobile devices to work, we are looking for ways to implement solutions to support this trend," said Jongshin Kim, Vice President of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics. "We are excited to provide an option that would satisfy both individual users as well as IT professionals, using Samsung mobile devices"

Published Wednesday, October 19, 2011 5:50 AM by David Marshall
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