Verizon and VMware have announced a partnership that allows Verizon business customers to run VMware Horizon Mobile on their Android smartphones.
The partnership gives Verizon enterprise users a “dual persona solution,” which enables corporate users to have a separate desktop with encrypted apps, data and policies that can’t be accessed from the device’s personal environment.
VMware Horizon Mobile is similar to BlackBerry Secure Work Space and Samsung Knox, but instead of being tied to a hardware manufacturer, it’s tied to a specific carrier, through the partnership with Verizon. Initially, the software will only be available supported on the LG Intuition and Motorola RAZR M, although VMware said additional device support is expected to roll-out throughout the year.
The software creates a virtualized operating system on the Android devices, giving users a separate, secure virtual corporate workspace, which is controlled and managed by a company’s IT department. Horizon Mobile creates the workspace completely separate from a user’s personal information, data and apps, making ideal for companies looking to allow employees to use personal devices, while still having control over security and the flow of information regarding company business.
VMware Horizon Mobile is available immediately to Verizon customers with Android devices and can be purchased through VMware and Verizon resellers. The licensing is priced at $125 per person at the time of this writing.