Dual OS Devices The Answer to Corporate Data Issues, says Viewsonic

A single device that can run two operating systems at once could be the answer to the problem currently taxing many enterprises trying to cope with requests from staff to use their own smartphones and tablets for work. So says James Coulson, European marketing manager at tablet-maker, Viewsonic.

Noting the problems that personal tablet and smartphone use is causing for enterprises, as they grapple with the implications these requests have on the security of corporate data, Coulson says: “The use of personal smartphones and tablets for work purposes will only increase, as no one wants to carry around more equipment than they have to. We urge organisations not to bend their mobile strategies to incorporate these devices but instead, look harder for solutions that meet the criteria of both employee and employer.

Coulson notes that IT vendors are attempting to addressthe issue. VMWare will launch new software to enable two versions of Android to run on one device, while RIM has a service that separates work email on the BlackBerry from the personal material that staff keep on their phones.

“But both initiatives miss the point,” he says. “Windows is still the dominant IT environment for business applications. The ideal scenario is a single device that can run multiple operating systems at once – e.g. Windows and Android – therefore creating a clear separation between work and leisure without compromising security. The only thing that is shared is the mutual data storage.”