Google Brings Chromebook to the Enterprise

Google Brings Chromebook to the Enterprise

Google launched today an improved version of the Chrome OS specifically built for deployment in large-scale enterprises.

Chrome Enterprise is compatible with on-site Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure, which means clients can login to Chrome devices with existing credentials, access Google Cloud, and the IT department can still keep tabs on access. It would be interesting to note how Google's competitors will respond to this move and bring integration solutions to niches. "As Chrome OS continues to gain momentum, our customers are eager to manage these devices consistently along with all other endpoints including mobile devices", explains Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware."Using Workspace ONE, our customers will be able to securely manage the lifecycle of Chromebooks along with all their other end points giving them better security and a consistent user experience across all devices".

For those interested in learning more about Chrome Enterprise, Google will be hosting a webinar with a live Q&A on August 23 and the company is now accepting registrations.

"So if you're an EMM provider in those markets, you need to offer Chrome if you want to truly be a unified endpoint management platform", Gold said.

Thanks to prior versions of the partnership, IT will also be able to provide employees with access to all enterprise applications, including cloud, web, native Android, and virtual Windows, from a single app catalog to deliver a consistent experience to employees anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Chrome Enterprise comes with management options for admins who can control different devices and ensure a better uniformity.

Nicknamed Chrome Enterprise, this Chrome OS version will be available for $50 per device per year and includes the following new features.

As a result, tools for provisioning, configuring and securing mobile devices are being subsumed into larger product suites. "Our business customers are focused on three things - speed, simplicity, and security - and the new Workspace ONE support will provide Chrome users with the flexibility organizations are looking for to offer employees choice and access to the cloud".

The new features should help organizations in multiple ways, Karam said. Google's current Chrome OS initiatives will make the operating system of increasing value for us, and we are already finding an increasing number of use cases for Chrome devices.