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LG, VMware push for enterprise adoption of employee-owned smartphones

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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LG Electronics and VMware have announced a partnership to assist enterprises of all sizes enhance security and control of sensitive corporate data while empowering more flexible access via employee-owned mobile devices.

Utilizing end-user computing technology from VMware, LG plans to increase its footprint in the enterprise sector while providing more options for both consumer and business customers. Such technology shall allow users to adopt the mobile device of their choice, while permitting corporate IT departments to manage sensitive data on those devices with enterprise-level security and compliance.

Initial efforts consist of enabling LG smartphones to securely run a work account in isolation from a user's personal account on a single mobile device. With this feature, mobile users will be able to safely carry a single device for both personal and work use. Solutions using mobile virtualization technology from VMware are expected to be available on LG smartphones in 2011.

More than ever, organizations are faced with two fundamental client-computing pain points ? providing secure data access to a growing number of mobile users, and managing the diversity of data, applications and client devices within the enterprise. Establishing a new end-user computing model to address these points is a fundamental component VMware's "IT as a Service" vision.

Senior analyst for IDC's Mobile Enterprise research, Stacy Crook, stresses, "Smartphones are driving demand for an enhanced mobile experience as business-specific devices lose appeal and employees look to use their personal devices at work. For the business market, the individual-liable, employee-owned model is here to stay. Savvy companies will embrace the trend and procure the necessary means to ensure that all devices with sensitive information are managed properly."

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