Google is taking its Chomebook venture into the enterprise in a major way. The company announced today that its cloud-ready computer will be offered to companies for $28 per user.
Via the program, Google will take the software-as-service model and expand it to hardware, offering company IT administrators an easy way to manage entire networks of computers. This has significant implications for security as well. Google has equipped the computers with a variety of securty defenses, including data encryption and verified booting. Data security is also less of an issue, considing that very little data will actually be stored on teh computers themeslve.s
Google Product VP Sundar Pichai said that the company's efforts were also born out of the realization that half of IT companies are still using Windows XP, Microsoft's ten year-old operating system.
This, Google hopes, will change with the Chromebook: Google will even do all the work of upgrading the systems at the end of each cycle, at no charge to the companies that use them. It's a compelling offer, and one that IT departments are going to have a hard time resisting.