As of February 12th, Google and VMware entered into an agreement to deliver Windows applications to Google Chromebooks via VMware's Horizon service. VMware undoubtedly wants more people using their remote desktop services and Google of course wants more people using their Chromebooks. TechCrunch’s Fred Lardinois shares more on the agreement:
Using VMware’s Horizon desktop as a service (DaaS), which uses VMware‘s HTML5 Blast protocol, it will now be easier for Chromebook users to connect to a traditional Windows experience….Remote access to a Windows machine on Chrome OS is nothing new. Google offers its own Remote Desktop app for this, and there are a number of third-party options that offer the same kind of service. For the most part, though, these solutions don’t offer the kind of security features that enterprises look for in a remote access tool. According to the companies, today’s launch will bring an enterprise-ready solution to the growing number of businesses that have deployed Chrome OS devices.
So, how will this impact the IT expense management and IT cost optimization efforts of enterprise users? It’s all about increasing the competition for cloud-enabled services across multiple OSs.
The move by VMware and Google stands to give Amazon Web Services (AWS) a dose of competition (AWS introduced its own DaaS solution in November 2013) – which is always good for customers. The Google/VMware service is available through select VMware service providers and will be offered via VMware's vCloud Hybrid Services in the first or second quarter of this year.
This partnership also shows that Google and VMware, and many other vendors like Citrix and AWS, think users are in need of centrally controlled and managed desktops. If the demand is there, this could be a huge victory for Google and VMware and could help them catch up to cloud powerhouses Microsoft and AWS.