Top mobile virtualization vendors are VMware, Citrix, Red Bend, says ABI

Mobile virtualization activations to reach 8 million by 2018
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Fueled by an enterprise need for mobile security, Mobile virtualization activations are expected to increase 20 fold by 2018, reaching 8 million by then, according the latest report from ABI Research.

Top mobile virtualization providers are VMware (NYSE: VMR), Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS) and Red Bend, judges ABI.

Mobile virtualization uses a type-1 or type-2 hypervisor to create virtual work and personal profiles on an employee's mobile device, which enables IT to provide greater control and security for the enterprise workspace while the personal area is kept private, explains ABI senior analyst Jason McNicol.

The annual mobile virtualization activation rate in North America and Western Europe is expected to exceed 114 percent, while that rate in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to reach 165 percent, according to ABI estimates.

"Type-1 and type-2 virtualization solutions have been around for years in the PC/laptop and server markets. However, only recent technology advancements have permitted the use of virtualization in mobile devices. As this technology gains acceptance over the next few years, enterprises will have yet another workspace management tool available to them for managing devices in a BYOD world," McNicol observes.

At this year's VM World conference, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger predicted that all IT will eventually become virtualized. "Every human on the planet is interacting with millions of applications, and it's all about IT as a service. IT must operate at higher and higher velocity, and simply put, the fastest will win," Gelsinger was quoted by eWeek as saying.

"We're not done until every app, every database, every big data application and every physical server becomes replaced by virtual infrastructure. That is our passion, and we will continue to drive compute virtualization until it is 100 percent virtualized for the data center," Gelsinger predicts.

For more:
- see ABI's release
- read eWeek's report

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