VMware offers Google Chromebooks on DaaS platform

After Dell, cloud vendor VMware has forged its alliance with Google for the Google Chromebooks initiative to offer on DaaS platform.

The announcement was made at the VMware Partner Exchange 2014 event today.

Google and VMware will enable enterprise customers to achieve better security and lower Total Cost of Ownership of Google Chromebooks along with cloud access to current and legacy applications, delivered on the Desktop as a Service (DaaS) platform from VMware.

Google Chromebooks can save businesses about $5,000 per computer when compared to traditional PCs, according to Amit Singh, president of Google Enterprise.

Google Chromebook

VMware DaaS and desktop virtualization will enable Windows-based applications and desktops to run on Google Chromebooks.

Google Chromebooks will be initially available to customers as an on-premise service.

Later the joint solution will be delivered as a managed, subscription DaaS offering by VMware and other vCloud Service Provider Partners, in the cloud or within hybrid deployments.

Users can 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.

Gartner predicts PC shipments are forecast to decline 15 percent this year from 2012 levels, while ultramobile devices are forecast to increase nearly 407 percent in the same time period.

“Softbank can cost-effectively offer DaaS to customers who want to modernize their desktop infrastructure without disruption to their business,” said Ken Miyauchi, representative director, senior executive vice president, SoftBank Corp.

Sumeet Sabharwal, general manager of NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable Company and Premier Level VSPP partner, 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.”

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