CDW to offer enterprise Chromebook support

CDW to offer enterprise Chromebook support

Summary: Say hello to Chromebook in the corporate office as multi-billion dollar technology services company CDW offers Chromebooks and Chromebook support and management to its corporate customers.

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With BYOD, you don't need external corporate IT support, but it sure doesn't hurt. Now, CDW, a multi-billion dollar technology sales and support company, will be offering both Chromebook sales and management to their business customers.

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CDW will be offering Chromebook and enterprise support for them to their business customers. (Credit: CDW)

Andrea Bradshaw, CDW's senior director and general manager for mobility solutions, said, "Two tech powerhouses—Google and CDW—have teamed up to offer complete Google Chromebook solutions to CDW’s more than 250,000 customers. Here’s why the Chromebook solution’s mobile, cloud-based computing matters:"

  • Scalability: Large quantities of Chromebooks all operating under the same cloud-based network to keep organizations connected.
  • Deployment: Seamless implementation of Chromebook fleets, including network assessments and wireless configuration to ensure bandwidth.
  • Security: A management console that ensures Chromebooks are protected by Web filters and firewalls.

"The partnership not only offers a cost-effective device, but also ease of use for the end user and peace of mind for management," concluded Bradshaw.

Specifically, CDW now offers Acer and Samsung Chromebooks. Sometime soon CDW will also sale Lenovo and HP Chromebooks. On all of these they'll also supply Web-based management and applications—a full, cloud-based computing solution. The CDW will also include an array of network, integration and configuration services. CDW will also be able to support any Chromebooks you already have in-house.

CDW will be using Google's Chromebook Management Console to deploy, scale and centrally manage a company's Chromebook fleet. According to CDW, "With just a few clicks on the management console, IT administrators can apply policies, applications and settings to different sets of users. For example, schools may want to pre-install or block applications, extensions or URLs for different grade levels of students and unfetter access for teachers. Other organizations may require different settings for management and non-management staff. Via the management console, IT can manage user access and control network access, making it easy for users to get up and running, while ensuring they are protected by Web filters and firewalls."

“The organizational benefits of the Chromebook solution are twofold:  Ease of use for the end user and peace of mind for management,” added Bradshaw in a statement, “Users can collaborate and connect to the resources they need in the cloud, wherever they are. Organizations can deploy and scale quickly with very little management overhead – and sleep better at night knowing that security protections and protocols are in place.”

Besides system management via the console, CEW is also offering packages with their network optimization  and wireless configuration to ensure your company's Chromebooks get the bandwidth they need. In addition, the company will be offering  asset tagging and inventory management and configuration services.

“Chromebooks are simple, fast, secure and affordable laptops, and they help people discover, connect and learn,” said Rajen Sheth, Google's Chrome OS group product manager in a statement. “CDW has a great track record in the industry, and we’re excited to work with them to help more organizations experience the ease and cost-effectiveness of Chromebooks.”

I'd said it before, I'll say it again. Microsoft should start worrying about the Chromebooks. Chromebook buyers aren't just people buying cheap laptops, Chromebook buyers are companies, disillusioned with Windows 8, looking for an inexpensive, cloud-based, secure corporate desktop. Do you seriously think CDW would be providing enterprise-level support for a flash-in-the-pan? I don't think so.

Believe it or not, ready or not, the Linux-based Chromebook is on its way to be a serious business desktop competitor.

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  • But!! But!!

    You can't do any "real" work on a Chromebook!! /s
    Arm A. Geddon
  • Would CDW provide enterprise-level support for a flash-in-the-pan?

    Yes they would if they thought they could make some money off of it before it went away. There is no downside to them supporting Chromebooks. CDW was bought in a leveraged buyout about 5 years ago, so the owners would sell anything they could to repay the loan I have noticed.
    Challenger R/T
    • You've noticed?

      CDW's revenue has increased in the time since it was purchased and is allegedly heading toward another IPO.
      slackdragon
    • Re: the owners would sell anything

      Then next will be the Surface RT.
      Arm A. Geddon
      • While not Microsoft's Surface RT, it's the next "best" thing

        ASUS ViviTab RT (with Windows RT inside):

        http://www.cdw.com/shop/search/result.aspx?key=%22windows+rt%22&x=0&y=0&wclsscat=&b=&p=&searchscope=All&ctlgfilter=&sr=1
        Rabid Howler Monkey
  • Rubbish

    If you sell/support failures you lose the client forever. No serious business will do that knowingly.

    "the owners would sell anything they could to repay the loan I have noticed."

    Pretty easy allegation to make, with no support whatsoever. Can you list some with links to references or are you just an air bag?
    D.T.Long
  • CDW to offer enterprise Chromebook support

    Two snake oil salesmen team up to fool the public. The point of these chromebooks was that you wouldn't need support and now you have them saying you do and pay them for the privilege of it. You left out the part about Google paying CDW an undisclosed amount for this press release.

    I still wouldn't trust a chromebook or Google. They have been caught red handed spying and there is some corporate data that should not be displayed over the internet. Especially with its linux base and telnet issues. The other problem is running applications. The most important apps are not web based and they are coded for Microsoft Windows. Companies will not rewrite them for linux and risk having buggy code and spend hours upon hours waiting for it compile. Any way you look at this its a failed venture.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • telnet issues?

      Please explain. Briefly if possible.
      slackdragon
    • Pssst

      Your brown envelope is behind the cistern at the bus station toilets.

      Thanks

      WHG & SB
      Alan Smithie
    • Chromebooks

      I don't know much about Chromebooks, but they must be OK if you dislike them.
      AmraLeo
    • Have you been living under a rock?

      Your mention of telnet shows that you know absolutely nothing. Nobody has used telnet or rsh or rcp since the 1990s, Linux and all other *nix systems replaced them with secure shell (ssh) which uses public key encryption for authentication and communication. This has nothing to do with Chromebooks per se but undoubtedly Chromebooks can do all of their web communication with SSL which is also is encrypted.
      bjrosen@...
      • yeah...

        The last time I even read the word "telnet" was in the 1990s. "hours upon hours waiting for it to compile" is also way out of touch. Next we'll be hearing Chromebooks are bad because of BSD/386 and AT&T's claims about NET2.

        For their own good, anti-Google trolls should stay away from speaking on anything remotely technical.
        slackdragon
  • Still lacking numbers on Chromebooks

    So, Steven wnts the world to believe that Chromebooks are taking over. How about some real numbers? You've quoted loser Acer that Chromebooks are 5% to 10% of their business now. Well, what are the overall numbers of Chromebook sales globally and by country?

    Considering that the flop Windows 8 only hit about 2.7% market share after three months, it would be nice to know what the Chromebook market share is after how many years? Then again, Steven doesn't know, as per usual.

    As for CDW, they make their money supporting companies and being flexible. If there's a market for Chromebook Support, CDW should exploit it. Then again, CDW has been known to get into some pretty small, specialized markets. They just charge accordingly.

    So, what are the real numbers? Not just Acer who's market cap dropped by 75% in the past five years because their management is incompetent, but the real overall, global numbers?

    No, you'll never tell because reality destroys your fantasy land.
    Cynical99