Virtualization Goes Mobile: Motorola, Cisco and Intel Want in
The VirtualLogix Corporation is one of a number of companies that want to help build a phone that really offers mobile users an all in one package, featuring technology that allows it to do everything well.
The plan is to build this phone integrating a kind of software known as virtualization. This definitely looks as though it could turn out well, especially considering the success of past virtualization technology ventures.
VirtualLogix is not the only company jumping on the bandwagon here either, as a handful of other companies including Green Hills Software, Open Kernel Labs, and Wind River Systems are also all planning to apply the visualization technology to cell phones.
BusinessWeek helps to give us a better idea of this technology:
Here’s how mobile visualization works. Currently, programmers have to rewrite every application – be it a game, social networking service, or other feature – for each of the various operating systems, including Symbian, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Mobile, or Google’s (GOOG) Android. The tinkering can take months. But visualization software would enable a mobile-phone maker to add features regardless of the operating system.
Virtualization technology could benefit mobile users in a number of different ways as well as to carriers. There are a few big-name investors who are getting involved here, including Motorola, whose investment follows similar moves by Intel and Cisco Systems.
The projections for this technology are very optimistic at this point, with everyone involved hoping to replicate the success of VMware last year. This company uses virtualization technology to help companies to make better use of their servers, and orders for their products surged 88% in 2007, to $1.33 billion.
It will definitely be interesting to see how this all turns out, and we will be sure to keep you updated.