Citrix and Google partner to bring native enterprise features to Chromebooks

Citrix and Google partner to bring native enterprise features to Chromebooks

Summary: Enterprise capabilities of Chromebooks just got a lot better with new software by Citrix.

TOPICS: Mobility, Google, Laptops
Chromebook with Receiver

Chromebooks are making inroads into the education sector, and a push is coming for the enterprise with new native Chrome capabilities from Citrix. Google and Citrix have announced Citrix Receiver for Chrome, a native app for the Chromebook which has direct access to the system resources, including printing, audio, and video.

To provide the security needed for the enterprise, the new Citrix app assigns a unique Receiver ID to each device for monitoring, seamless Clipboard integration across remote and local applications, end user experience monitoring with HDX Insight, and direct SSL connections.

Google and Citrix have partnered to bring Chromebooks with the Citrix software to 20 global enterprises over the coming months. These deployments cover many industries, including healthcare.

Chapters Health Systems, a company providing hospice and palliative care to patients in Florida, has tested using Chromebooks to provide secure access to apps and tools to mobile nurses and remote healthcare providers. Chris Williams, Director of IT for Chapters Health Systems explains why the company went with Chromebooks running Citrix software.

“At Chapters Health, our main priority is delivering superior patient care. Our investment in HP Chromebooks combined with XenApp and Citrix Receiver give caregivers simple, secure access to the virtual clinical and business apps they need, when they need it. By keeping the technology simple and easy to use, we’re giving them the freedom to put patients first. This combination works for our employees and for our organization, which is why we are looking at additional deployments of Chrome with XenApp in the near future.”

Chapters Health conducted a test with its caregivers using Chromebooks, Windows systems, and iPads to determine which solution was best suited for remote work. The following infographic sums up the conclusions of the real-world test.

Chapters Health infographic
(Image: Google)

Citrix partnered with Google due to the growing popularity of Chromebooks. Calvin Hsu, VP of Citrix, sees Chromebooks as a solid mobile solution.

“Citrix and Google are changing the way people work. In addition to the joint collaboration around XenApp and XenDesktop with Chromebooks, Citrix ShareFile features a personal cloud connector for accessing Google Drive files, Citrix GoToMeeting® is now available on Chrome, and Citrix Podio is integrated with Google Apps. Google and Citrix are committed to continued innovation across our product lines to bring best in class mobile workspaces to our customers.”

Citrix technology is one of the top remote communications solutions for the enterprise. Major corporations use Citrix to allow workers to remotely access computing environments back at the office, and have secure access to files. App and desktop virtualization are key features of the Citrix solution.

The company’s GoToMeeting service is an industry standard collaborative tool, and along with the new Citrix Receiver for Chrome is a solid effort to make the Chromebook a good fit for the enterprise.

The Chromebook/ Citrix combination goes a long way to counter the upcoming "Chromebook Killers" from Microsoft and its partners.

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Topics: Mobility, Google, Laptops

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  • Doh!

    Very cool partnership.

    Inexpensive hardware AND enterprise capabilities.

    What business wouldn't want to significantly reduce hardware costs if you can still get the functionality your business needs?

    I have yet to purchase a Chromebook for myself, but have been seriously considering it for the past month. It would come in handy as a light/inexpensive device (already have a tablet, but would like a keyboard) I can use in the garage and on the couch while TV watching.
    • The Doh! is from Apple and IBM execs.

      Would be nice to have EDIT capabilities.
      • ??

        Not sure what you mean by that. Chromebooks have full EDIT capability.
        • I think he meant

          EDIT capabilities on this comment board.
  • Chromebook is a useless device for business.

    Nobody needs a device that only a browser and google crap.
    • Meh!

    • Your business advice

      is based on what expertise????????
    • You might be right...

      ..but you're not describing a Chromebook, especially one with Citrix Receiver installed.

      The receiver turns the Chromebook into a thin client for your company network and hosted resources (including virtual machines). At that point it's as useful as any device for remote access.
      • Why is this better

        Why is this better than just using a thin client? your still going to need the backend infrastructure which may or may no require a Windows license. I could see this making inroads into businesses that have mostly web based application, but I am not sure that this would be a good solution to businesses that still use locally install application.
    • Has anyone ever noticed..

      ..that the more OwlNet trolls about Chromebooks, the more popular they become? My recent purchase of a Asus C200 is proof!

      Keep up the good work, Owl. You're good for Google's bottomline. ;-)
    • ignoring the bit about Citrix

      How out of character!

      Devices with browser AND Citrix Receiver are thin clients, aka terminals. Not as nice for users as full PCs maybe, but they scratch an itch IT doesn't seem able to ignore.
  • The chrome win every catagory

    it lighter than an ipad, and has better display quality, and uses microsoft outlook better, sure.
  • More

    Okay, we got the chromebook hype of the day article out of the day. It's just like all the Google+ viral marketing and we can see where that went.
    Buster Friendly
  • Citrix and Google partner to bring native enterprise features to Chromebook

    A nightmare for IT and will add more expenses to the business. Chromebooks are limited by design which is a drawback. Now the business has to expense out for a server, citrix license, apps, and maintenance for all this. I can already see this failing.
    • you coukd not work for IT .

      Many IT departments are looking to virtualize desktops for mobile computing. CB is preferred to Windows thin client, thick client and iPad. IT should listen to the users.I am not surprised at all.
      • IT should listen to the users?

        Strategy should not come from users though, or a company will fail big time. Prefer an application that the business doesn't currently have? yes. Determine user system, strategy and deployment? absolutely not.
        • Need to consider preferences as part of the equation....

          No matter the best "tools" the IT group may build or implement, the users need to be able to actually work with them. Not saying that is a driving factor, but it should be A factor. In the case of the above study, they were looking for user feedback on four possible solutions. IT needs to remember that they business is their CLIENT, not their serfs.
          Harlon Katz
          • Too many businesses...

            have forgotten this. Perhaps it's changing now, and we're just dealing with older systems, but I can't count how many times systems were shoved down our users throats by Corporate, and there was zero buy-in from the local users.

            The best applications/systems are built to address a specific need, and users are involved with most, if not all, of the design decisions, to make sure the designers understand how the workflow really goes from the user perspective.
    • a nightmare?

      Compared to Citrix Receiver on Windows and Mac machines? Or Linux machines? How, exactly?

      Many enterprises (probably over half of Fortune 1000s) already have and use Citrix for remote access to business software. This is just expanding client capabilities to Chromebooks. Since all a Citrix Receiver client needs is a browser, Chromebooks work as well as Windows PCs, Linux PCs or Macs. Putting Citrix Receiver on Chromebooks means REDUCING expense for client machines both in terms of hardware AND admin. In many situations, Chromebooks would be ideal.
  • Engineering software server

    Without the drawback of needing a heavy expensive boat anchor type laptop Chromebook is right for the price. The University has a Citrix license with engineering software on it already. It works for all systems OS Windows Chrome etc. slick.