1 Device, 2 Devices, 3 Devices, 4!

If you could connect your personal laptop to your work desktop – would you?

If you could get to your work desktop from your mobile phone – would you?

If you could carry your personal phone and get access to your personal “life” yet be able to separate it from access to your work “life” – would you?

How great would it be if you could bring that shiny new laptop or tablet device to the office, connect it to the corporate VPN, corporate mail servers, and connect it to those legacy corporate applications?

What about gaining access to your full work desktop (typically Windows XP or 7) via that laptop or tablet? It can happen with technologies that are being developed and delivered today.

So if you answered, “Yes” to any of the above questions, you should be smiling! Based on the technologies that are being developed, such as Hosted Virtual Desktops, you can use your personal computer, or many other devices, to access your work desktop. For instance, the MOTOROLA ATRIX 4G smartphone (equipped with a Citrix Receiver) features an application called, “Webtop.” Using a standard dock or via a micro USB or mini HDMI connection, webtop allows a user to connect back to a hosted virtual desktop. Go here or here for video overviews of the device or check out what the Citrix community has to say to here.

As more and more employees bring their personal devices into the office and expect to use them without issue, changes are happening in the enterprise. If you haven’t already, you’ll be hearing acronyms like BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in respect to this initiative.

As personal devices enter the enterprise, so does the need, from a device perspective, to separate employees’ work and personal lives. New technology developed by VMWare provides multiple “personas” on a single device. Rather than carry a work phone and personal phone, this technology allows you to switch between your “personal” life and “work” life. VMWare’s “Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP),” allows users, via an application, to tap an icon on the touchscreen of a dual-SIM phone, and instantly switch identities. VMWare is partnering with LG Electronics to deliver this technology on LG Android handsets this year.

How many devices do you carry?
How nice would it be to only carry one device vs. the two to three that we are carrying today?
What are your thoughts about these new technologies?
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