Virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) is a model that delivers a mobile operating system (OS) which is hosted within a data center. This mobile operating system is delivered from the data center to the mobile device.
Currently, IT administrators making use of a virtual mobile infrastructure can only host Android operating systems. This is because the licensing rules of Apple do not allow for their operating system to be conceptualized or detached from Apple’s own hardware. When VMI is being used, the operating application or system is run in a remote data center on a virtual machine. Any information linked with the operating system and its application is also stored there. The operating system is delivered to the endpoint via a secure remote communications protocol. This protocol is then deciphered by a client application, which runs on the mobile device. This means that the operating system and the applications need to be run locally on the mobile gadget. A few client applications can reveal local hardware, such as cameras, accelerometers and GPS, to the local operating system. This makes the operating system and its various applications act as if it was running locally.