How Virtualization Has Changed Where People Can Live
Virtualization is defined as using software to make a single physical resource appear as multiple logical resources. For example, a server is a physical resource that can be used to run other software. In general, this technology provides cost savings and flexibility to workplaces, and this year has seen both of those benefits put to the test.
With a disproportionate number of employees working remotely, virtualization has allowed companies to stay connected and remain functioning during COVID-19. It has also opened up a wide range of possibilities for employees – ones that could not have been considered a year ago. In this blog, we’ll explore how virtualization has changed how people are thinking about where they live.
Companies are now considering permanent work-from-home policies
The pandemic has prompted companies to invest in technology. In the past, only a small fraction of employees were equipped to work from home. Today, most have been issued monitors and laptops and armed with virtual desktops, networks, and servers. While the office building sits empty, team members run the business from their homes.
Originally, this started as a way to keep employees safe. Yet, it’s inspiring companies everywhere to look at the numbers. If the business is running effectively out of the office, why bring it back in? Is it worth it to spend the money on real estate and construction? Is it less risky to keep everyone remote and save that money when the country is facing economic issues at any moment?
Big names in Silicon Valley like Twitter and Google are already looking ahead to the future of remote work. Twitter has extended its remote work policy indefinitely while Google has extended it until at least July 2021. And this makes sense given the fact that 40 percent of all venture capital funding in Silicon Valley actually goes to landlords instead of product development.
Virtualization doesn’t just allow you to operate your business cheaper or faster. It allows you to fundamentally change the way you operate your business. Companies now have the ability to go either partially or completely remote and many of them looking at where that option will lead.
Remote work opens up options for both sides
Ultimately, when companies decide to go fully remote, it doesn’t just change their situation. It fundamentally changes how workers operate. Sure, the company has more money in tough times, fewer employees get laid off, and workers gain a number of benefits. Just some of these benefits include eliminating a commute, saving money on commuting and dry cleaning, additional leisure time, scheduling flexibility, etc.
That said, it’s also opening up another debate among Americans: Would I live here if I didn’t work here?
It’s an interesting question because most individuals live where they do because of their commute or proximity to the office. When you take that out of the equation, they may choose to change their situation. Whether they choose to move a few streets or across the country, that flexibility wouldn’t exist without virtualization.
Improving your quality of life is part of the American dream. Employees everywhere are reconsidering their situation with their newfound flexibility. With the ability to work wherever you are (thanks virtualization!), where would you choose to be?
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