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Mobile virtualization management: Valuable but not sexy

There’s been a lot of talk about mobile phone virtualization lately, thanks to the VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP) and the Citrix Receiver.

These new products hold a lot of promise. But for now, the best application of mobile phone virtualization is to use mobile devices to manage existing virtual environments. The latest release in this area of the market comes from Hyper9, which yesterday unveiled its Virtualization Mobile Manager (VMM).

Hyper9 claims VMM — which was designed by virtualization expert (and TechTarget contributor) Andrew Kutz — is the first mobile manager that supports VMware, Hyper-V and XenServer. It also lets users monitor virtual machine CPU and memory usage and configure VMs based on server name or browser type.

The Hyper9 VMM is not the first and definitely won’t be the last entrant into this market. Just last month, expert Edward L. Haletky wrote about TouchTerm, a free iPhone app he used to fix a VMware ESX server while on vacation.

With VMware MVP, you could potentially have your business phone and your personal phone on the same device — even on different carriers’ networks. And Citrix Receiver lets you stream non-native applications on your iPhone.

Still, both of these products are far from hitting the mainstream. (Even VMware partners say MVP is, to quote one eloquent journalist, “way too new.”)

VMware MVP and Citrix Receiver mirror the server and desktop approaches to virtualization, respectively, and most organizations still have a lot of virtualization challenges to tackle on their servers and desktops before they move to mobile devices.

So for the time being, the ability to manage your existing infrastructure from a phone  is clearly more valuable than what the sexier products from VMware and Citrix offer.

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