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December 09, 2010

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VMware and LG – Welcome to Enterprise Mobility

On December 7, VMware and LG announced a prototype for enabling enterprise employees to use a single handset for work and personal use. It’s reassuring when a brand-leader like VMware recognizes a trend central to your business, validating a key market and technology that you already supply.

Every day, General Dynamics Broadband enterprise and OEM customers present requirements for a secure platform to access business-critical assets by mobile workers. The need for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) originates with Fortune 1000 IT departments, but it actually spans the mobile/wireless ecosystem, involving device manufacturers (OEMs) and mobile network operators (MNOs). It also encompasses a range of end-user organizations, from Fortune 1000 to SMB to government and beyond.

General Dynamics Broadband Already Investing in Enterprise Mobility: Client and Cloud

As you might imagine, General Dynamics Broadband is already engaged with a half-dozen mobile OEMs, and our numerous MNO and silicon partners too. Earlier in 2010, we announced SecureIT Mobile to address similar needs for securing applications and services in the Public Sector – public safety, transportation, homeland security, and related mission-critical areas. Ultimately, it is our goal to bring this Military Grade security and reliability to Enterprise Mobility.

We’ve actually been enabling Enterprise Mobile for some time. Last year General Dynamics Broadband and Citrix demonstrated the “Nirvana Phone” - a Cloud-based architecture and solution for projecting virtual enterprise desktops onto mobile workers’ smartphones. Between Nirvana Phone and General Dynamics Broadband off-the-shelf client-based mobile virtualization, General Dynamics Broadband covers both Cloud and client approaches to Enterprise Mobility.

The Right Solution for Smartphones – Not Servers, Not Desktops

It’s clear from their announcement that VMware is trying to build bridges to mobile from VMware enterprise software. Our conversations with handset OEMs, operators and also enterprise customers tell us clearly that our silicon-up approach is the right one. By contrast, VMware is shoe-horning server and desktop virtualization technology onto smartphones, exposing these increasingly business-critical devices to multiple security threats, sapping performance and consuming precious memory and battery resources. In particular, MVP is very large (it contains all of Linux), consuming both RAM and storage and presenting a massive attack surface for malware; its dependence on file encryption leaves it open to system-level exploits; and it is open to denial-of-service attacks by rogue Android applications.

Approaching mobile security by starting with enterprise software presents additional challenges. VMware sees mobile virtualization only “as a means to … allow software to address existing enterprise issues” (VMware’s Krishnamurti). At General Dynamics Broadband, we believe that mobile virtualization should also enable a better user experience for mobile workers while meeting their employers’ demands for security.  

Enterprise Mobility = Mobility + Enterprise

Sorry VMware, enterprise capabilities and sensibilities alone are not enough. To deploy devices usable in the real world, you need technology that supports both underlying mobility requirements and enterprise applications.

Moreover, VMware, like other large software vendors, works hard to dominate markets in which it plays, and does the same in each installation it wins. The company has been very successful with VMware-centric solutions in data centers and Cloud installations, but is ill suited to support the diverse hardware (dozens of processors and hundreds of handsets), multiple software platforms, (Android, Brew, Linux, MeeGo, Symbian, Windows, etc.) and multivendor stacks that characterize mobile/wireless.  

By contrast, General Dynamics Broadband is vendor-neutral and ecosystem friendly as we go to market together with our OEM and enterprise customers. Most importantly, General Dynamics Broadband approach to Enterprise Mobility builds on a strong track record in mobile/wireless - 1.1 billion deployments to date. With shipping mobile system software and mobile security solutions General Dynamics Broadband can boast real first-mover advantage.

So welcome, VMware, to the challenging world of Enterprise Mobility. Now all you have to do is deliver.


Posted by Steve Subar on December 09 at 02:08 AM

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