Due to ongoing instability in many oil-producing Middle East countries, oil prices have surged in recent weeks. These rising oil prices have boosted demand for virtual servers and telecommuting services across all kinds of businesses, as workers find the increased cost of petrol is starting to make the drive into the office uneconomical.
As Internet access becomes ever faster and more stable, virtual servers have evolved from being a simple webmail system on a company’s site into full virtual desktops and operating systems so that users have access to all their files and settings as though they were physically present in front of their office computer.
With almost every professional person in the developed world now having some kind of computer equipment and Internet connection in the home, virtual servers had been growing in popularity in recent years, as part-time workers, or employees who were off work due to illness but still able to do some work have increasingly begun to work from home.
With the spike in oil prices, however, telecommuting has become less about flexible working and convenience and has become an economic necessity for some employees who live a considerable distance away from their place of work. Soaring oil prices have become the catalyst for virtual servers and remote desktops to take centre stage as a serious option for productivity, rather than a vague justification for taking the day off due to snowfall.
Employers who would previously have been very reluctant to allow off-site working except under exceptional circumstances are now having to look into the technology seriously and demand for services such as Davinci Virtual or Microsoft’s Virtual Server is increasing dramatically.
It’s also worth noting that virtual servers are not just for telecommuters. The systems also allow network administrators to install several different virtual machines on a physical computer in an office – allowing hot-desking and greater flexibility in offices who may have a number of part-time staff but limited desk space.
Computer technology has been ready for telecommuting for a number of years and has been waiting for workplace culture to catch up. The use of virtual servers had been on the increase in any case, but the high cost of oil has certainly boosted demand even further. The future for virtual servers, cloud computing and working from home looks bright indeed, which is a small but tangible compensation for the current monstrous price of petrol!