Red Bend Software Launches Mobile Virtualization Platform

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2012-01-06 Print this article Print

Red Bend Software has announced the immediate availability of vLogix Mobile 5.0, which promises to bring mobile virtualization to the masses.

Mobile virtualization is a relatively new element in the world of IT virtualization technology, especially since the computing power of mobile devices has only recently grown enough to handle a virtualization platform. Red Bend Software is looking to help mobile device users capitalize on that enhanced processing power with vLogix Mobile 5.0.

Red Bend Software is taking the approach of allowing customers to deploy a type-1 hypervisor to mobile devices, which will allow those devices to run two operating systems simultaneously, separately and securely on the same hardware. Being able to run multiple operating systems on a mobile device solves many problems for enterprises looking to leverage mobile technology.
First and foremost, a virtualized mobile OS can be configured to run legacy applications on newer devices-preventing the need to re-engineer a mobile application because of changes to the device or operating system.

Secondly, with the growth of the BYOD (bring your own device) trend in businesses, IT workers can use virtualization to install a preconfigured OS and applications on their mobile devices without affecting the native operating system, applications and settings. That will give more flexibility to those looking to adopt BYOD strategies in the work place.

As a mobile virtualization platform, vLogix Mobile 5.0 provides management and architectural capabilities to IT departments, including over-the-air, real-time device control and management for more than 900 different mobile device models. The over-the-air management capabilities include software deployment, firmware updates and device analytics.

According to Red Bend Software, vLogix Mobile has been designed to be standards-based and supports the pre-standard implementation of the new Virtualization Management Object (VirMO) standard proposed by Red Bend in the Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA DM) Working Group. The company claims that is a critical step in ensuring that OEMs, mobile network operators and enterprises avoid the costly end-to-end control points typically found in the server virtualization market.

Red Bend's vLogix Mobile is built on the VLX Type-1 mobile hypervisor from VirtualLogix, which was acquired by Red Bend in September 2010. Red Bend claims the solution has been licensed by more manufacturers than all other mobile virtualization products combined.

In a conference call, Yoram Salinger, Red Bend's CEO, said, "Driving market adoption of advanced technologies like mobile virtualization requires getting the entire ecosystem to work together. Only Red Bend has the experience in working with every leading device manufacturer, semiconductor vendor and mobile operator to drive the adoption of new mobile technologies into more than 1 billion mobile devices."

Ideally, vLogix Mobile 5.0 will help expand the BYOD market by providing the tools for fast integration, expanded management, scalability and analytics-all of which will be key elements for making BYOD devices work seamlessly in the enterprise. 

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at

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