VMware Service Allows Users To Run Windows Desktops On Chromebooks

VMware recently announced that it will offer virtual desktop services for Google’s Chromebooks, which will allow users to run Windows applications on the Chrome-based devices. Chromebooks are heavily pared-down laptops that aren’t designed to handle heavy computing, but they get the job done for casual users.

This news is actually very good for organizations that utilize a lot of laptops for various reasons. By using a combination of Chromebooks and managed services from VMware, these organizations could save nearly $5,000 per computer, according to an estimate from Google. In addition to that, VMware desktop virtualization could also give organizations an easier way to migrate from Windows XP, which will lose Microsoft support starting in April.

According to Executive Vice President and General Manager of End User Computing for VMware Sanjay Poonen, “Many customers want to take advantage of thin client computing but want a bridge back to the old world where they can run Windows applications.”

Current VMware customers that are utilizing Horizon View v5.3 already have the ability to run virtual desktops and applications on Google Chromebooks. However, this new VMware service could be very appealing due to the fact that organizations will not have to manage back-end infrastructure for running the virtualized environments, according to Poonen.

This service will be offered by VMware as well as some selected partners and is scheduled to go live within the next few months, Poonen added. This service will allow organizations to access their applications or full virtual Windows desktops by using a plethora of different VMware virtualization technologies.

VMware Horizon is capable of streaming desktops using the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure from VMware or can even stream applications using Remote Desktop Services. Users are also able to access applications, data, and desktops through a browser by utilizing VMware’s Blast streaming software.

According to Caesar Sengupta, Vice President of Product Management for Chrome OS at Google, organizations that use a thin client Chromebook in conjunction with the VMware service could save themselves money in a number of different ways. In addition to the typical low cost of the actual devices, organizations can also save money by reducing the number of software licenses needed and cutting the costs of administration that are usually associated with managing individual PCs.

Saving money is a crucial part of a successful business, especially in today’s economy, and a Chromebook is a perfect way to do that. Google offers Chromebooks as low as $179 while other manufacturers have comparable prices. Combine that with the VMware software and you have a perfect recipe for money saving success.

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