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Managing Chrome OS in the Enterprise

Manage Chrome OS in the Enterprise With Unified Endpoint Management

  • Jeff McGrath By

“IDC estimates that by 2018, 25% of Fortune 500 companies will have IT-supported Chromebooks deployed in their organization thanks to the speed, simplicity and shareability of secure Chromebooks.”
Rajen Sheth, Director of Product Management, Google

As enterprises (and even schools) ramp up Google Chromebook adoption for critical use cases, IT can now deploy Chrome OS devices alongside all other endpoints to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) without compromising security.

Google recently 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 the compatibility of Chrome Enterprise with the integrated VMware Workspace ONE platform, powered by VMware AirWatch unified endpoint management (UEM) technology.

Employees today work on multiple form factors, from mobile devices to PCs—and increasingly emerging technologies like purpose-built devices, wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. With true UEM, IT can simply and securely manage all of these, including Chromebooks.

Strengthen Security & Reduce Costs

“Customers use Chrome devices in all different ways throughout their organizations—everything from shared device use cases where multiple employees use a single device, perhaps in the back of a retail store, to knowledge workers using it as their one-to-one device.”
Eve Phillips, Group Product Manager for Chrome OS & Enterprise, Google

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 even offer hardware-based security to protect against malware and other threats.

With Workspace ONE, IT administrators will be able to further secure Chrome devices by:

  • Managing auto-updates
  • Configuring data loss prevention policies
  • Performing remote actions, like wiping corporate data from the device if lost or stolen

This enterprise-grade security, paired with cost-effectiveness, primes Chrome devices—Chromebooks, kiosks or even digital signage—for a wide range of enterprise use cases. This presents an enormous opportunity for IT to reduce hardware-related capex costs, as well as opex costs.

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Access All Apps

“Partnering with one of the leading UEM providers shows Google’s commitment to bring Chrome OS to the enterprise. Simplifying the deployment and management of Chrome devices will only further incentivize IT leaders to allow end users to choose Chrome for their work needs.”
Phil Hochmuth, Program Director of Enterprise Mobility, IDC

Chromebooks are practically productivity catalysts, with unparalleled speed from boot-up to shutdown. The speed and simplicity of cloud-enabled Chrome devices—combined with the digital workspace—results in a consumer-simple approach to deliver apps and virtual desktops to users anywhere, anytime.

These recent announcements build on previous news, where VMware announced Workspace ONE and VMware Horizon support for Chrome devices. This enables enterprise application access, including virtual Windows applications and desktops, from a single, identity-enabled app catalog.

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

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Be a Mobile Pioneer

“VMware Workspace ONE powered by VMware AirWatch will be the first third-party solution provider to manage Chrome devices.”
David Karam, Product Manager for Chrome Enterprise, Google

In the modern era, workers expect immediate access to apps and data from any location. The VMware and Google partnership empowers the next generation of mobile workers to be efficient on any device, including Chromebooks, with secure and user-friendly platforms.

With VMware and Google, enterprises can simplify the IT experience and reduce costs. Explore VMware’s Chrome OS device management solution to eliminate the need for Chromebooks to be managed separately from other enterprise devices.

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Jeff McGrath

Jeff McGrath

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

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