Not to be outdone by VMware, Citrix also dabbles in the mobile device hypervisor space

Two months ago, VMware bought a company called Trango and launched the VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform. Back then I wrote that the Trango acquisition was not about running VDI or Windows on a mobile phone, but instead about allowing multiple phone OS VMs to run on the same device (think "work phone" and "personal phone" on the same handset).

Two months ago, VMware bought a company called Trango and launched the VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform. Back then I wrote that the Trango acquisition was not about running VDI or Windows on a mobile phone, but instead about allowing multiple phone OS VMs to run on the same device (think "work phone" and "personal phone" on the same handset). Another possible use case is to allow users to port their "phone OS" from one physical device to another (like swapping a SIM card, but for the whole stack).

Yesterday Open Kernel Labs announced it had received US$7.6m in funding from a number of sources, including Citrix. OK Labs (yeah, that's what they call themselves) already has a mobile hypervisor product on the market which is currently in use in 250m devices around the world (mostly HTC phones, but also Toshiba, LG, and Sony Ericsson).

The rumor is that Citrix is thinking about acquiring the company outright, and that this investment allows them to build a closer relationship before fulling committing to the company.

What do you think? What's Citrix's angle in this space? (OK Labs hypervisor does support embedded Windows and Linux, so it's possible there's a corporate client device play here too?)

 

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I wonder if this is less platform virtualization and more application virtualization.  Citrix's quote in the press release linked in the article mentions "...optimized application delivery," and while I know that's been the phrase for the past few years, VDI is so hot of a topic that it's hard to believe they wouldn't have mentioned something about a desktop.


Provisioning apps directly to the phone?  That's not new - anyone with a BES server can handle that.  Provisioning apps to ANY phone independent of the OS and phone hardware--that's cool.


And, as the phones get more powerful, the apps get more useful.  There are plenty of worthwhile applications out there, and with interfaces like the G1 or iPhone, they're even useable.  Maybe Citrix wants a taste of this future action.


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citrix makes a wannabe-announcement for everything that comes out of vmwares pr dept - has anyone seen anything original from CTXS in the area of virtualization


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Interesting OK labs is a spin off from NICTA... they are just down the road from me.


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Hi Opinion,


I do not see the issue where companies are playing catchup with VMware.  It makes for better competition, and better products to the consumer.


I mean why did VMware bring up ThinApp or their version of Provisioning Server :)


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