Google, VMware Make It Easier for Businesses to Deploy Chromebooks
A Google and VMware partnership will allow Windows apps to be available in the cloud so business users will have access to needed apps on Chromebooks.To make it easier for businesses of all sizes to deploy Google Chromebooks to their employees, Google's Chrome team just announced a partnership with virtualization vendor VMware that will allow critical legacy Windows applications to be hosted and delivered via the cloud so that Chromebook users can access them through Web browsers. The move means that businesses from small to large that want to offer Chromebooks to workers can do so while still providing access to core business applications for accounting, HR and more, according to Rajen Sheth, director of Chrome product management, in a Feb. 12 post on the Google Enterprise Blog. "Cloud applications allow flexibility, scalability and security and enable a work-anywhere environment, but many of our customers still use traditional desktop applications," wrote Sheth. "Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) helps bridge the gap between the cloud and a traditional desktop by allowing you to run your traditional software in the cloud and have applications appear on your Chromebook similarly to how they run today." The new service will be provided by the mating of Chromebooks with VMware's Horizon DaaS offering, wrote Sheth. "VMware and Google are working together to make the migration of legacy applications even easier, by using the HTML5/Blast experience from Chromebooks. This means you can work with Chromebooks and connect to a Windows experience running VMWare Horizon View," which is a virtual desktop.
The new service will initially be available to customers as an on-premise service or through VMWare vCloud Service Provider Partners, he wrote. "Users will be able to access their Windows applications, data and desktops using VMware’s Blast HTML5 technology to their Chromebook."