Google woos the enterprise sector with $28 a month Chromebook

Google woos the enterprise sector with $28 a month Chromebook

Summary: 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.

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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.

[Via Google]

Topics: CXO, Google, Hardware

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  • This will simply be irresistible for many companies. Say 90% of employees

    in the enterprise only use email, browser, simple word processing. You can bet there will be a wide variety of web applications available as well as C/C++ programs using Native Client.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: Google woos the enterprise sector with $28 a month Chromebook

      @DonnieBoy

      90% huh? Source?
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Oh, c'mon guys

        He didn't say 90% do ... he said, say at your company that's the case. Do you honestly believe there aren't companies where that's true?

        Sheesh.
        daboochmeister
    • Actually, 90% of employess use those Win32 apps

      @DonnieBoy
      you say they don't. Who's lying, you or them?

      Do you have some research that says 90% of employees only use email?
      What kind of job requires just email and simple word processing?
      John Zern
      • MS Office Live

        @John Zern I don't know 90%, but for the majority of use cases this is probably true, in particular for notebooks. But then, you can use the full microsoft office sweet on the chrome netbook. Microsoft was so considerate to provide it online. It is called MS Office Live and this does actually cover 90% of what employees use in the office.
        kikl
    • RE: Google woos the enterprise sector with $28 a month Chromebook

      @DonnieBoy <br><br>Where are the employees using database software? Excel? Grading software? Vertical applications? Photoshop? Accounting? Software develpment? Document develpment (YES, people still print! And journalists still need to edits document layouts.), specialized learning software, etc?<br><br>I'd hardly call this 90% of employees. If all your employee is doing is e-mail and simple word documents, your employee isn't doing their job.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • MS Office Live!

        @Cylon Centurion 0005 That's not true, lot's of employees need nothing more than an office sweet and they can use a complete office sweet using these netbooks. This is in particular true if you are not in the office but on the road. Visit the chromium web store and you will find lots of applications
        kikl
    • RE: Google woos the enterprise sector with $28 a month Chromebook

      @DonnieBoy
      Well what about the rest of us that work with software for oil and gas? I work with this program:
      http://www.olf.com/
      There's no way that thing will ever run on Chrome...
      Hasam1991
    • One thing I am sure

      @DonnieBoy
      You won't find a position in enterprise section only showing browser/email/office experience in your resume.
      FADS_z
  • RE: Google woos the enterprise sector with $28 a month Chromebook

    I don't see the enterprise wanting to keep their data in the clouds, especially if it contains personally identifiable information. I don't see the uptake of chromebooks being that large.
    LoverockDavidson
  • RE: Google woos the enterprise sector with $28 a month Chromebook

    I wonder if data would be centralized at the enterprises data centers or would it be stored at Google? If its stored at Google, then why would an enterprise want this? This would make sense for small to mid size businesses that cannot afford hardware and software upgrades along with the absence of a data center. But if your enterprise has a data and money for desktop virtualization, then why give Google the time of day?
    joshua_keefer@...
  • Citrix, Office Live, Google Docs, Salesforce, etc.

    A lot of the comments above criticizing the model aren't taking into account ways to remotely run apps, as well as the current and up-and-coming web-based alternatives, that will do nothing but mature over the next several years.<br><br>Sure, there'll be companies for which it's too big a hurdle to consider at first - but for many, including a LOT of SMBs, not having to manage desktop infrastructure, moving to a Citrix env for a few key apps on a couple of redundant servers (or even moving to hosted solutions for those apps) ... downright tasty.<br><br>It may be too soon for it to take off ... but maybe not. Be interesting to see if any VARs/integrators dive in and start offering "convert your IT" packages deals.
    daboochmeister
  • RE: Google woos the enterprise sector with $28 a month Chromebook

    For example, IF 90% of employees... I can see how you guys got this confused, but he is making a supposition, not stating a known fact.
    willcoxonsr
  • RE: Google woos the enterprise sector with $28 a month Chromebook

    Me? No. It's too insecure. If I am investigated, the feds need a warrant for my hard drive. Not so if my data is in "the cloud." I'll Pass.

    Poll: Will you buy a Chromebook?

    Link: http://www.wepolls.com/r/366550/After-Google-I/O,-are-you-interested-in-a-Chrome-notebook
    zadocpaet