With the rise of virtualization and cloud computing, more employees say they can be just as productive working from home as they can in the office, a recent study found. In a survey of more than 2,500 end-users and IT decision-makers, 60 percent of respondents indicated their productivity and efficiency doesn't suffer when working from home. In fact, 66 percent of respondents said they desire this sort of flexibility in the workplace.

Server virtualization and cloud computing have been instrumental in the promotion of the mobile workforce. Through these technologies, employees can access enterprise information from virtually anywhere, which can greatly enhance productivity and business continuity when an employee chooses to work from home or is forced to due to weather.

Moreover, the ability to work from home is considered a significant benefit for many workers. According to the report, 66 percent of respondents indicated they would take a lower-paying job if it provided flexibility.

Many companies that already use the cloud are enthusiastic about its mobile workforce applications. According to a recent study by Osterman Research, companies currently using the cloud plan to increase their cloud budget by an average of 10 percent in 2011.

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