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VMware Virtualization Brings Windows Apps And Desktops To Chromebooks

Saikat Basu 17-02-2014

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a virtual desktop environment that enables you to access your preferred desktop applications on cloud-connected devices like Google’s Chromebook. Google comes together with VMware in move to bring you the best of both worlds – the low cost of ownership with a Chromebook, and the use of Windows desktop software. VMware is a virtualization company and one of their flagship products is VMware Horizon DaaS.


The product description says, “VMware Horizon™ DaaS® Platform for Service Providers delivers Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service to any user, anywhere, on any device“.

Google is making the use of legacy applications on Chromebooks even easier with the HTML5 protocol called Blast. You can connect to a Windows desktop and data that is running virtually on the cloud with VMWare Horizon View. Google is positioning the feature to take advantage of the phasing out of Windows XP in a couple of months time. According to the Google Enterprise blog, Chromebook sales are on an upward swing in the business segment as they come with the advantages of easier administration and low cost of ownership. The VMware Horizon DaaS Platform fills a much-needed gap.

Google says:

As the countdown to Windows XP end of life continues, deploying Chromebooks and taking advantage of a DaaS environment ensures that security vulnerabilities, application compatibility and migration budgets will be a thing of the past.

VMware Horizon View 5.3 will be available with Chromebooks as an on-premise service or by VMWare vCloud Service Provider Partners (VSPPs) offering DaaS in the cloud or within hybrid deployments.

Source: Google Enterprise Blog via The Next Web


Related topics: Cloud Computing, Virtualization.

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  1. Chris G
    March 11, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Hell no. I want my apps on my machine and my HD. Chromebooks are only for those who are too poor to buy a proper computer, or for kids. It's a not a substitute for a real computer.

    Besides I don't host my data anywhere other than my HD without it being encrypted first. Google can host my files, as long as they can't access the contents in any way. I'm astonished anyone would do otherwise, especially businesses.

    • William A
      March 16, 2014 at 1:07 am

      As little as you seem to like it, the cloud is the way the future is headed. Of course, for that, we'll have to finally get secure cloud hosting. I think the best option is using encryption that you can carry the key (and application) for around on a usb stick, since the whole point of the cloud is for access everywhere.

    • Saikat B
      March 16, 2014 at 3:16 am

      Agree with you there. Secure cloud hosting and pervasive bandwidth. Tech innovations will give us some solutions again. The cyber-security universe is a $67 billion entity and with "Cyber War" between nations increasingly likely, there's lot of push.

  2. Dayrrl Giles
    February 18, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Desktop as a service. Sort of looks like RDP. Can't really tell the difference.

  3. Guy M
    February 18, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Really glad this article is here. This is a big step towards making Windows and ChromeOS an excellent enterprise option as thin clients. Look out Wyse.

    I hope that we see more Chromebooks and Chromeboxes in education as well. That has historically been the battleground for which platform will have dominance. Microsoft and Apple both ate a lot of costs to get into the classroom and it paid big dividends. I believe Google can make inroads and not have to eat much due to their already really low cost.

    • Saikat B
      February 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      With the muscle they have, Google could carve a large slice of the pie with an end-to-end infrastructure. Combine Google Fiber with enterprise solutions and you could see Microsoft sweating a bit.

  4. Steve
    February 18, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Great concept for your mobile workforce, esp. if you want to lock them down, but this just won't work in an office where users are actively using desktops. Maybe we'll see Chrome-Desktops in the future? I just can't see the chromebook replacing even a small office of 10-30 users internally who sit at a desk all day. But larger SMB and Enterprise, where you do have a mobile workforce, this is a great idea.

  5. Andre L
    February 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    This totally looks like a game changer! :)

    I wonder if this will be available to individual users at a low cost...

    It will be interesting to see how this news impacts the opinion of those who thought a Chromebook couldn't be a good laptop replacement...

  6. Mary
    February 17, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Useless. You might as well use Windows.

    • Saikat B
      February 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I am not sure, but I am logically assuming this will have a substantially lower cost of ownership. It could really be attractive for SMBs.

    • SMP
      February 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Using Windows on a Chromebook is certainly a lot more secure than using Windows by itself.

  7. X Jones
    February 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Can people use this in the home to replace individual user PCs and laptops with Chromebooks that connect to a Windows 7 or 8 virtual desktop server?

    • Saikat B
      February 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      According to them, yes. (see Features)

    • Al
      February 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Yes. With a good speed of your internet connection experience is almost perfect.