Citrix Systems has pledged its support for Google Chrome OS in 2011. The company will pair its Citrix Receiver virtualization app with Chrome OS netbooks for its customers.
Google's Chrome Operating System isn't yet ready for prime time on notebook
computers, but the company has landed corporate remote-access powerhouse Citrix
Systems as a partner.
Google Dec. 7 said
at an update event that consumers would be able to
purchase netbooks based on its Web operating system, which lets users run Web
apps in the Chrome browser, from Samsung and Acer in mid-2011.
Concerns about bugs, performance tuning, and connecting digital cameras to
the mix are a few of the reasons Chrome OS had been delayed in the market.
While most enterprises wouldn't dare to embrace such a nascent offering,
Citrix plans to use Chrome OS in 2011 to support Citrix Receiver
, a software client for application and
Citrix customers' employees will be able to bring Chrome OS netbooks into
the office and get immediate access to enterprise apps through Receiver.
Gordon Payne, senior vice president of Citrix Systems, demonstrated Citrix
Receiver running Microsoft Excel on Chrome OS, with the document actually
hosted in the company's data center. He also showed off a Solid Works CAD app
and Hyperion business intelligence app running the same way.
Touting Citrix's long track record of helping users shuttle business apps
from their PCs to corporate data centers and running them on different
computers inside and outside the central office, Payne said Chrome OS lends
itself nicely to Citrix's service-delivery model.
"With that centralization and delivery of enterprise and business apps
as a service, this is a natural partnership with Chrome OS and Chrome
notebooks," Payne said.
While the endorsement of such a fledgling product and an unproven computer
paradigm should be enough to make Google executives blush, it's Citrix's
installed base of 250,000 global customers that should warm hearts.
This base includes banks, retail and hospitals ranging from dozens to
hundreds of thousands of workers, all prime targets for Chrome OS, as it seeks
to challenge the Microsoft Windows PC hegemony.
One solid enterprise player alone is not enough to put Chrome OS on the map
in a PC-centric world, but it's certainly a conversation starter. Couple that
with the dozen-plus Chrome OS pilot partners-Department of Defense, Kraft,
American Airlines and Virgin-who agreed to test the unbranded Cr-48 netbook
Google is offering, and Google is doing quite a bit to secure interest from the
"The level of partnership that Google has been able to muster up is
quite impressive," IDC analyst Al Hilwa told eWEEK
"It is certainly the case that evolutionary technologies stand a much
bigger chance of being adopted than revolutionary ones, and being able to run
traditional apps designed for other platforms, such as Windows, is a clever way
to roll out Chrome OS."