That VDI variation could be part of the scenario described by InfoWorld's David Linthicum, who cited a new Gartner report predicting that "the center of users' digital lives" will shift from the personal computer to "the personal cloud" by 2014. We're not necessarily talking about Windows Live or iCloud, here, but as Linthicum puts it: "several computers and mobile devices all accessing the same cloud services: document sharing, file system, email, and so on."
Gartner sees the personal cloud as the confluence of five megatrends: consumerization, virtualization, "app-ification," cloud computing, and new mobile technology. "The combination of these megatrends, coupled with advances in new enabling technologies, is ushering in the era of the personal cloud," explains Gartner vice president Steve Kleynhans, who wrote the report. "In this new world, the specifics of devices will become less important for the organization to worry about. Users will use a collection of devices, with the PC remaining one of many options, but no one device will be the primary hub. Rather, the personal cloud will take on that role. Access to the cloud and the content stored or shared in the cloud will be managed and secured, rather than solely focusing on the device itself."
My new MacBook has not arrived yet. When it does, the fact that I've switched will mean a whole lot less than it did just a few years ago. And when I want to fire up the next beta of Windows 8, well, there's always Boot Camp.
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