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VMware puts Windows on Chromebooks

Cliff Saran

VMware has partnered with Google to provide a virtual desktop environment for Google Chromebooks.

Through the partnership, VMware desktop as a service (DaaS) and desktop virtualisation will enable Windows-based applications and desktops to run on Google Chromebooks, Google said.

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Chromebooks provide users with access to Google's collaboration applications and third-party software via the Chrome store. But one of the challenges for some users is how they access traditional Windows-based enterprise software.

For instance, at Reed.co.uk, CTO Mark Ridley needed to provide a Windows PC for accessing SAP BusinessOne, because the cloud-based application required Silverlight, which only runs on Windows.

"Google Chromebooks can save businesses about $5,000 per computer when compared to traditional PCs," said Amit Singh, president of Google Enterprise. "Through our partnership with VMware, businesses can now capitalise on these advantages with access to legacy applications, data and desktops they need to keep employees productive."

Users will be able to access their Windows applications, data and desktops using VMware's Blast HTML5 technology from a Web-based application catalog on their Chromebook. In addition, VMware Horizon DaaS will provide enterprises with a choice between a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or Remote Desktop Services (RDS) connection, VMware said.

Sumeet Sabharwal, general manager of NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable Company, said: "When combined with VMware DaaS, Chromebooks can become powerful business tools for companies that want to move to the cloud but are heavily invested in Windows environments."

Available now to VMware Horizon View 5.3 and Google Chromebook customers as an on-premise service, the joint solution is also expected to be delivered as a fully managed, subscription DaaS offering by VMware and other vCloud Service Provider Partners, in the cloud or within hybrid deployments.


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