VMware (VMW) has released for general availability version 1.5 of its Horizon Workspace BYOD/mobility management solution, highlighted by a single integrated management interface to support Google (GOOG) Android-based devices with other components of the workspace.

The Horizon Workspace software is part of VMware’s Horizon Suite, the vendor’s mobile application management entry rolled out last February. It includes updated versions of the vendor’s Mirage and View products bundled together with Horizon Workspace, which enables IT managers to allocate data, applications or desktops to end users or groups instead of their devices. VMware first showcased a beta version of the Horizon Suite at last October’s VMworld.

According to Erik Frieberg, VMware End-User Computing Product Marketing vice president, writing in a blog post, the new Horizon Workspace release aims to simplify the mobile experience both for device users and IT administrators.

"The variety of mobile device models, operating systems and applications brought into the enterprise by users can create a management nightmare for IT,” he wrote.

Key features of version 1.5 include:

  • A single integrated management interface to support Android devices alongside all other components of the workspace with the integration of VMware Horizon Mobile
  • Support for mobile applications to allow admins to entitle and manage applications
  • Policy management engine to consolidate, model and rationalize policies across all components
  • Support for the Oracle (ORCL) database
  • Revised iOS applications — files and applications in two separate applications
  • Localization in French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese
  • Performance improvements and fixes

Freiberg pointed out, in particular, how difficult Android is to manage owing to a wide variety of device-specific alterations to the operating system. However, Horizon Workspace’s single, integrated management platform “helps IT standardize the management of Android devices” to apply and enforce enterprise security policies across all devices, he said.

As for Apple’s (AAPL) iOS, VMware’s new strategy calls for it to add to the native MDM/MAM features that will be available in iOS 7. That means VMware has dropped iOS application-wrapping from the Horizon Workspace 1.5 software, said Srinivas Krishnamurti, VMware Mobile Solutions senior director.

“As Apple has provided a path to achieve MAM support using native iOS 7 capabilities, we refocused the team to build upon that platform and deliver the application management and data leakage controls that customers require,” wrote Krishnamurti, in a blog post. “However, we will add iOS support in a future release by leveraging iOS 7 APIs,” he wrote.

In addition, VMware said Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and S4 and Motorola’s Droid Razr HD running on the Verizon wireless network now are on the market as VMware Ready, meaning they support the vendor’s mobile platform. In May, the LG Intuition and the Motorola Razr M gained the VMware Ready designation.