Linked by David Adams on Mon 5th Mar 2012 22:41 UTC
Internet & Networking "[VMWare's] latest creation is a tool called Horizon Mobile, and it too is meant for big businesses. The idea is that employees can use a phone's native operating system for personal tasks, but then switch over to a virtual machine that runs a separate OS for business tasks."
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RE[3]: Comment by henderson101
by galvanash on Wed 7th Mar 2012 01:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by henderson101"
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This comment couldn't be more ignorant. If you've ever actually worked for a publicly traded company that must follow Sarbanes, you'd know why BYOD can be challenging to deal with, and why technologies talked about in the article can be promising.

I don't work for a publicly traded company, but I do work for a 1000+ employee healthcare company, so we have HIPPA (somewhat similar constraints, at least for patient data), and we do at least attempt to follow general SOX guidelines for data retention and whatnot (and yes, I know that without going through the actual compliance process it is almost meaningless, just saying).

The point of my comment isn't that VMs could not be a possible solve some types of problems - it is that is is an over-reaching solution if compliance is the problem you are trying to solve.

We implement a compromise currently - if you want to BYOD you have to use a device supported by our infrastructure, and you have to give the company IT department control over the device (wipe remotely, enforce certain policies, etc.). That simple - don't like it then use a company supplied device.

So what does using VMs accomplish that this doesn't? Essentially it boils down to partitioning data - and well that's it really, everything else it might allow is mostly unrelated to compliance. Making it possible for companies to wipe ONLY company data and not personal data is something being worked on in both iOS and Android.

Can we please let the Apple's and Google's attempt to solve this problem using their already fairly good and rapidly improving corporate management tools instead of grafting on yet another 3rd party hack? It seems pretty damn obvious to me, but running a completely virtualized 2nd environment on what is already a heavily resource constrained device is not really a good idea...

So yes, I think as the OP said it is a solution in search of a problem... Call me whatever you want, but my reasoning IS based on some first hand experience. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm not ignorant.

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