Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

Summary: With a trio of big feature additions, Google's Chromebook is quickly becoming the IT manager's best friend.

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Since the unveling of its Chromebook, Google has billed the cloud-based notebook as the ideal device for both enterprise customers and their beleaguered IT departments.

With the most recent update, Google is proving its case.

In an addition that perhaps should have been part of the Chromebook from the beginning, Google is adding virtual private network (VPN) support, allowing users secure remote access of their corporate or institutional networks.

That's not all. Google is also adding support for the secure 802.1X protocol, which allows network managers to require authentication for users to access secure Wi-Fi networks.

Sweetening the deal is Citrix desktop application vitualization, ideal for companies that rely on expensive software suites but are increasingly made up of road warriors.

Google says all three feature additions are in response to feedback from its business and education customers. With such widely-used features in these sectors, though, why wasn't it a no-brainer?

The computer that keeps getting better... [Google]

Topics: Mobility, Google, Wi-Fi

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  • OK...slowly moving towards a fat OS

    I look forward to when Chromebooks come with an Office Productivity Suite.
    Your Non Advocate
    • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

      They already do... Google Docs. Google Docs is in the cloud and does not bloat the OS.<br><br>@facebook@...
      mps1773
      • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

        @mps1773

        +1
        Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate!
      • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

        @mps1773
        true. You just lose all control over security and privacy of any document you make, save or use. That's a no-go in the business world.
        tiderulz
      • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

        @mps1773
        Yea try using it lol I tried it and it's slow it crashes... true projects will never rely on Google Docs, only Excel can do the work...
        Hasam1991
      • That's a joke, right?

        @facebook@...
        -1
        Comparing the two is like saying a hot air baloon is a great replacement for the space shuttle.
        William Farrell
    • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

      @facebook@...
      Yup... Google is slowly learning that the best approach is a Hybrid one. MS seems to have that handled. Apple even understands that. You can see that in the 2007 video with Jobs and Gates. Google doesn't innovate they copy everyone else and cry when they get grilled for it.
      audidiablo
  • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

    "Google?s Chromebook is quickly becoming the IT manager?s best friend"

    Joke of the day....
    owlnet
    • I laughed at that too

      @owlnet

      As I don't know a soul who is interested in this.
      William Farrell
    • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

      @owlnet
      +1
      At under $300, one can get cheaper Windows 7 laptop and do more than expensive and ad filled chromebook, which can't let you work offline for most of the time and most of the things.
      Ram U
    • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

      @owlnet

      I actually burst out laughing at that one hahaha. Apparently someone is getting paid rather well by Google to lie. I mean really? Best friend? Just how they got hacked by Anonymous and failed to mention that? Yeah bout that... IT best friend from that Google controls what gets leaked :)
      audidiablo
  • Zzzz.....

    So another 3 from CBS/ZDNet paid off by Google.

    Please. And these features differ from a Mac or Windows or Linux, how?

    Failed to mention a new nasty vulnerability in Chrome browser. Since Chrome OS is using the browser on the desktop, you get hit with this stuff and your Chromebook is scr?wed.
    Gisabun
  • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

    Google must be onto something here, judging from the shrill comments coming from some of the posters.

    If the Chromebook is more expensive than low end Windows laptops, and people are prepared to pay a premium for them for convenience and low maintenance overhead compared to Windows, then what is there to get so worked up about it - unless Google is really onto a winner, in which case you would expect it to be the target of Microsoft's army of paid shills.
    Mah
    • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

      @Mah

      "Google must be onto something here, judging from the shrill comments coming from some of the posters."

      Or, we all like to rubberneck when we drive by an accident scene.

      "If the Chromebook is more expensive than low end Windows laptops, and people are prepared to pay a premium for them"

      Objection: Introducing facts not in evidence. Which people are paying a premium?

      "in which case you would expect it to be the target of Microsoft's army of paid shills."

      This logical fallacy is used when you cannot debate the other persons point. If you can't attack the argument, attack the other side. I must be onto something here, judging from your shrill comments.
      Your Non Advocate
      • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

        @facebook@...
        It is selling pretty well on Amazon's website as testified to by its ratings in Amazon's best sellers over a period of time since it has been introduced. It is the comments by Gisabun about the author taking payments from Google which lacks proof. Your comments about attacking the author when the content or logic cannot apply to Gisabun even more. I am simply pointing out that Microsoft employs an army of shills (that is also a proven fact from various legal documents that have been made public under the Comes anti-trust lawsuit and others against Microsoft) to target articles like this which Microsoft would see as a threat.
        Mah
  • RE: Chromebooks get VPN, secure Wi-Fi, Citrix virtualization

    In order to use Citrix Receiver you will also need either XenApp or XenDesktop to publish the Windows apps or virtual desktops. A simpler and less costly alternative is Ericom AccessNow, a pure HTML5 RDP client that enables Chromebook users to connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server (RDS Session Host), physical desktops or VDI virtual desktops ??? and run their Windows applications and desktops in a browser. AccessNow is a fraction of the price of Citrix Receiver and installs in a few minutes.

    Ericom???s AccessNow does not require Java, Flash, Silverlight, ActiveX, or any other underlying technology to be installed on end-user devices ??? an HTML5 browser is all that is required.

    For more info, and to download a demo, visit:
    http://www.ericom.com/html5_rdp_client.asp?URL_ID=708
    AG4IT