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VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP): Technology to bring Virtualization to Smart Phone

VMware is looking to bring its virtualization technology to smart phones and cell phones in 2009 through a new virtualization platform called the VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform, or MVP. The platform will use a small-footprint hypervisor that will allow users to have multiple virtual machines on their smart phones in the same way a desktop or notebook can host different virtual environments. To help bring the platform to market, VMware acquired Trango Virtual Processors, a company that created a hypervisor for smart phones based on the ARM processor.

On Nov. 10, VMware will announce that it will release a new virtualization platform called the Mobile Virtualization Platform, or MVP, which consists of a small, bare-metal hypervisor—20KB to 30KB—that will work with a number of mobile devices based on an ARM processor.

To bring a hypervisor to the mobile handset device market, VMware acquired a company called Trango Virtual Processors in October. VMware did not release the financial details of its latest acquisition and kept the deal quiet until the Nov. 10 announcement of the new virtualization platform.

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