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• Que tal usar seu smartphone como um "Cloud PC"?

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assunto [Celld-group] Que tal usar seu smartphone como um cloud PC?

Pois é... esta é a notícia veiculada hoje pelo site Rethink Wireless... Possibilidades e mais possibilidades...

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OK Labs and Citrix turn phone into a web PC
Published: 3 February, 2010

Virtualization has been poised to move from servers to smartphones for some time, but hasn't turned up in many commercial applications (at least outside DoCoMo in Japan). Leading specialist VMware sees the emergence of 'cloudbooks' as a major opportunity, but in the meantime, its open source rival Open Kernel Labs has crept up behind with a new take on the concept.

OK Labs has worked with the giant of enterprise virtualization, Citrix, to create a reference design for a virtualized phone, called Nirvana. This revives an approach with which vendors have played around for years, going back to efforts of a decade ago such as Intel's Ubiquity personal server project. It, in effect, replaces the laptop with a phone rather than a dedicated device like a cloudbook. The handset draws most of its data ans services from the cloud; plugs into any available monitors and other peripherals; has sufficient processing power to run local apps when needed; and runs different profiles/operating systems to suit different behaviors, via virtualization.

Nirvana is not really a phone at all, but a framework that could be incorporated into any device format, on top of any OS. It consists mainly of an I/O layer and a hypervisor. It uses Bluetooth to connect to keyboards and a cable to link to a monitor, though these could be replaced in future by Wireless USB or other options. There is the choice to connect a mouse, though the demonstration video shows the touchscreen of the handset functioning as a trackpad.

Such designs shrink the established thin/dumb client into a phone form factor, and unlike entirely cloud-based devices, also allow the handset's native apps to be more usable via a larger display and keyboard. As in other mobile virtualization activities, multiple OS support is possible, so that users can have different profiles for work and personal use, with the enterprise able to secure and control the former in the same way as a remote PC.

"The nirvana phone takes smartphones to the next level by bringing M2E [mobile to enterprise] from paradigm to platform and ultimately to product," said Chris Fleck, VP of community and solutions development at Citrix, in a statement. "As HD video and other capabilities come online in mobile chipsets, Citrix and OK Labs are working together to give OEMs a clear path to building handsets that meet the needs of IT organizations and mobile workers alike, delivering virtual desktops and applications to virtualized mobile devices."

The next challenge will be to sign a major OEM partner, and inch ahead of other nascent options like VMWare and Microsoft's own virtualization system. Steve Subar, CEO of OK Labs, expects to see Nirvana devices on the market in 12-18 months.

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