Systems and Open Kernal Labs (OK Labs) today announced the arrival of the
‘nirvana phone’ reference architecture, which will allow users to access their
work desktops and applications on a single portable device in any location. The
two firms believe actual handsets will be available within 12 to 18 months.
phone idea does away with the need for a PC in the office and a laptop on the
road. Instead, workers will have a single portable device in the shape of their
mobile phone. In the office the phone sits in a dock connected to a monitor to
enable full-screen HD displays, with a full-sized keyboard and a mouse.
the office or home users can get their usual access to personal applications
and data, along with secure, controlled access to work applications and
desktops hosted in the cloud or data centre.
phone concept combines the mobile virtualisation solutions provided by
Chicago-based OK Labs and the desktop virtualisation offerings produced Citrix
Systems, which allow workers remote access to their office worktop systems and
are already widely in use in over 100 countries.
OK Labs CEO
Steve Subar, told Mobile:
‘The aim is to minimise the number of devices needed for work and personal use.
We did research among IT professionals and enterprise uses about what they were
looking for and it was the ability to access their work desktops on their
mobiles, so they didn’t have to carry a laptop or net book around.’
the technology is now readily available and is being marketed to device
manufacturers to create the next generation of smart devices and to UK and European
network operators. ‘Nirvana phone devices will give operators the chance to
increase the roll out of new services, broaden data usage and increase their
revenue per user,’ said Subar.
our virtualisation software is already built in to mobile handsets, but we can
support pre-load and post-load, while the Citrix receiver software can be
downloaded over the air,’ added Subar.