In today's Miami Herald, I have a story about how Citrix and Intel are pooling their talent to improve virtualization technology and change the way we think of computers at work.
The grand idea behind virtualization is that you can access your work desktop from anywhere (with the right technology, of course). So on your personal home laptop you could access work software and files without having to download anything.
Virtualization already is around, but this new product they are working on will be built into new computers -- and the two companies say that the new product makes it much more secure and will help the technology be adopted on a much wider scale.
About 300 Citrix employees are already doing BYOC -- bring your own computer -- to work. They got vouchers of $2,100 to each go out and get a laptop (that has the new product in it) -- and it would be their own personal laptop. They don't have a computer at work anymore, meaning IT employees don't have to manage their computers anymore. Rather, they oversee the virtual "image" of your desktop. And any malware or non-work-related programs on your personal computer wouldn't effect the corporate desktop because it exists separately.
Does it sound like something you would want your workplace to incorporate? It's a nice perk for work/life balance since it encourages bosses to let more employees work from home (or anywhere). Or do you think something like this would just be a hassle?