VMware, Google to Make Cloud-Connected Chromebooks

VMware, Google to Make Cloud-Connected Chromebooks

Google has added VMware abutment to Chrome accessories for Windows app affiliation as they attack to bolster their affability to the enterprise.

Google continues active headfirst against the enterprise. Google afresh appear an ASUS Chromebox geared against businesses, a Chromebox for meetings, and now VMware for Chromebooks.

The advertisement was fabricated at VMware’s Partner Exchange and explained in a blog column by Rajen Sheth, administrator of artefact administration for Chrome. Sheth wrote that users now can administer Windows desktops from a Chromebook.

“Today, barter can absolutely embrace the billow with Chromebooks appliance VMware Horizon DaaS,” Sheth wrote. “VMware and Google are alive calm to accomplish the clearing of bequest applications alike easier, by appliance the HTML5/Blast acquaintance from Chromebooks. This agency you can assignment with Chromebooks and affix to a Windows acquaintance active VMware Horizon View.”

This addresses one of the above apropos of enterprises that affirmation that the capital accident of a move to Chrome accessories in the action is abridgement of abutment for bequest Windows apps. According to David Johnson, a arch analyst at Forrester, now that users can authority assimilate the acquaintance of Windows, it ability accomplish the alteration easier.

“By partnering with VMware, Chromebook users can still accept admission to a Windows desktop ambiance as continued as they’re affiliated to a reliable, accelerated network,” Johnson said. “For workers area this is a applicable option, companies can account from lower endpoint accessory costs while still attention admission to a well-managed Windows desktop ambiance and apps hosted either in their own datacenter or in the cloud.”

According to analysis done by Forrester in Q3 of 2013, 52 percent of IT professionals who were surveyed said that implementing or accretion the use of desktop virtualization, attenuate client, and appliance alive technologies is a aerial or analytical priority. But, of that aforementioned analysis group, alone 8 percent said they were planning to apparatus aural the abutting 12 months.

While Chromebooks still advance a somewhat abrogating angel as an action option, they do accord IT cadre the befalling to move away, if alike slightly, from connected imaging and maintenance. One affair is certain—Google still needs to body assurance with the enterprise. According to Gartner Analysis Administrator Gunnar Berger, this advertisement ability accord them a more good continuing with the enterprise.

“Without a bright action here, Google has a above acclivous action to get enterprises to embrace their technology. The advertisement today is a able account for both companies, VMware is a trusted cast in the action which is what Google needs, and Google is a above amateur in advancement (Android) which is article VMware is aggravating to showcase, and it’s why you saw the Airwatch CEO on date anon afterwards this announcement,” Berger said.

While the advertisement does bolster Google’s abidingness with abeyant action customers, it is not a abracadabra bullet. Google still needs to abode the added action apropos of Chrome devices, such as abundance back you accept a poor Internet connection, aloofness concerns, abridgement of customizability, and ascendancy over accretion experience.

Berger additionally mentioned that he doesn’t anticipate there will be abounding companies affective from old XP machines anon to Chrome devices. But, the VMware advertisement does accord companies the advantage to move to a Chrome accessory after “letting go” of Windows.

“It’s important to agenda that enterprises are best acceptable not affective from XP to Chrome OS. What they could do is move from XP to an SBC/VDI/DaaS solution, which are all still Windows based options,” Berger said. “Supporting these models accredit the action to abutment any accessory (BYO) including Chrome OS. So Chrome OS won’t necessarily cull allotment abroad from Windows from the app standpoint, but it has abeyant to be acclimated as an endpoint client.”

No amount what happens—whether the VMware-Google affiliation proves itself as a applicable action option, or meets a deadpan reception—this most recent move is added affirmation that Google is dispatch its clip in targeting the enterprise.