VMware Highlights Convergence Security Needs
By Irwin Lazar
VMware’s recent announcement that it is testing a mobile virtualization client on LG Optimus smartphones running the Google Android operating system highlights the growing need for IT managers to integrate wireline and wireless security and virtualization planning. VMware’s move reflects the trend we see in our research of rapidly growing interest in mobile device management to enable IT managers to secure corporate data on both employee and company owned mobile devices.
As I’ve noted recently in this blog, IT shops are increasingly evaluating or deploying mobile device management systems to enable policy enforcement and secure encrypted application and data containers on an increasing array of mobile devices. Supported platforms are rapidly expanding, with most companies now supporting or planning to support iPhone, while employee demand for Android support is building as well. Meanwhile most IT managers tell us of increasing demand for tablet devices such as iPad and Galaxy.
The rapid expansion of device platforms raise significant data leakage (sensitive corporate data mixing with personal data), data breach and privacy concerns. IT managers would be wise to evaluate a wide breadth of mobile device management (MDM) vendors including Boxtone, Good Technology, Juniper, McAfee, MobileIron, Notify, and SAP/Sybase in addition to VMware to deliver a capability to secure an ever-increasing array of devices.