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VMware AirWatch Is First UEM to Manage Chromebooks, Extending Cross-Platform Management Leadership

  • Jeff McGrath By

Google and VMware today announced an expanded collaboration to help organizations manage, secure and enable Chrome devices with VMware Workspace ONE powered by VMware AirWatch unified endpoint management (UEM) technology. Chrome devices have seen tremendous growth in education markets, and we are excited about collaborating to bring the speed, simplicity, security and shareability of Chrome devices to the enterprise.

Today, Google launched Chrome Enterprise, which combines a broad set of enterprise capabilities, including Chrome Device Management, Active Directory support, printer readiness and more. As part of this launch, Google also announced a partnership with VMware to enable AirWatch UEM technology to work with Chrome Enterprise.

[Click here to read our press release.]

Customers will be able to manage Chrome devices from the VMware Workspace ONE console alongside all other enterprise devices. This announcement builds on our previous announcement of VMware Workspace ONE and VMware Horizon support for Chrome devices, enabling enterprise application access including virtual Windows applications and desktops from a single, identity-enabled app catalog.


Today’s modern worker uses multiple form factors every day, from mobile devices to PCs and increasingly purpose-built devices and even wearables. Plus, IoT “things” continue to emerge, often managed by UEM technologies like AirWatch. Through this partnership, VMware will be the first UEM provider to manage Google Chromebooks and provide true unified endpoint management of all enterprise platforms.

Manage & Secure Chrome Devices without Friction

VMware and Google are partnering to further enable Chrome devices in the enterprise, by eliminating the need for Chromebooks to be managed separately from other enterprise devices, simplifying the IT experience and reducing costs. As enterprises ramp up Chromebook adoption for critical use cases, IT will be able to deploy Chrome OS devices alongside all other endpoints to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) without compromising IT security needs.

[Click here to learn more about Chrome OS device management.]

Chromebooks ship with a broad range of enterprise security capabilities—sandboxing, data encryption and verified boot—making it a secure and enterprise-ready solution. Many Chromebooks offer hardware-based security to even further protect against malware and other threats. Administrators will be able to further secure these Chrome devices by managing auto-updates, configuring data loss prevention policies and performing remote actions, like wiping corporate data from the device if lost or stolen.


The cost-effectiveness of Chrome solutions, paired with enterprise-grade security, will allow more enterprises to adopt this platform, whether in the form of Chromebooks, kiosks or even digital signage. We are excited to see Chrome devices adopted to fit a wide range of enterprise use cases for VMware customers. This presents an enormous opportunity for IT to reduce hardware-related capex as well as IT opex costs.

Enable Mobile Workers with Access to All Apps

Chromebooks are productivity catalysts with unparalleled speed from boot up to shut down. The speed and simplicity of cloud-enabled Chrome devices combined with a digital workspace, Workspace ONE, enhances the user experience by creating a consumer-simple approach to deliver apps and virtual desktops to users anywhere, anytime.

From one catalog, end users can access all apps—web, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Android, virtual—with single sign-on capabilities for simple and secure access. Virtual desktops are delivered through Horizon, which enables Chromebooks to be used as thin clients to access work-critical applications and data from anywhere.


In the modern era where workers expect immediate access to all their work apps and data from any location, VMware and Google partnerships will enable workers to be efficient on all their devices including Chrome devices.

Ready to Be a Mobile Pioneer?

Together, VMware and Google enable enterprises with secure and user-friendly platforms to empower the next generation of mobile workers. Come see us at VMworld 2017 to learn more about the capabilities of VMware on Chrome devices, as well as VMware’s breaking new product innovations that empower true business mobility.

Add these VMworld sessions to your agenda today, and visit Google booth 706 to learn more.

VMworld 2017 EUC Showcase Keynote:
“Delivering New User Experiences with Digital Workspaces”
Add #EDW7002KU U.S. & #EDW7002KE Europe.

VMworld 2017 Breakout Session:
“The Latest on Android and Chrome OS in the Enterprise”
Add #UEM2217BU U.S.

EUC at VMworld

Chrome OS management by AirWatch is expected to be generally available in fall 2017. Workspace ONE and Horizon support on Chrome OS devices is available today.

Jeff McGrath

Jeff McGrath

Jeff McGrath is senior director of product marketing for VMware End-User Computing (EUC).

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