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Verizon Wireless, VMware Team on Android
By Craig Galbraith
October 21, 2011 - News

VMware and Verizon Wireless say their new partnership gives more choice to enterprise IT departments. The two companies are teaming on VMware Horizon Mobile, which gives VzW business subscribers the freedom to choose a single Android device for both professional and personal use.

The companies say VMware Horizon Mobile will provide a simple way for IT departments to securely provision, manage and de-provision a corporate mobile workspace (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.  And 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.

"'Bring Your Own Device' into the enterprise is an increasingly important and challenging dynamic in today's enterprises," said Janet Schijns, vice president, business solutions group, Verizon Wireless.  "Verizon Wireless and VMware are delivering a compelling new mobile security and management experience leveraging our most reliable 3G and 4G LTE network along with the proven virtualization and cloud computing platform leadership of VMware to address this enterprise trend. Our enterprise customers can look forward to reduced expenses and increased employee latitude all in a secure environment – proving once again that the employee with the best technology rules."

Handset manufacturer LG will be one of the first to offer mobile devices, tested and ready for use with VMware Horizon Mobile on the Verizon Wireless network.

The companies have not given a launch date, only saying solutions using VMware Horizon Mobile are expected to be available on Verizon Wireless smartphones in the coming months. 

VMware, which sells through channel partners, specializes in virtualization and cloud-infrastructure solutions for enterprises.

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