​Fujitsu, Google to deliver managed chromebook services to ANZ enterprises

Fujitsu and Google plan to deliver a managed chromebook service by targeting sectors in health, education, and retail.

Fujitsu has partnered with Google to deliver a secure enterprise managed chromebook service for Australian and New Zealand businesses.

As part of this new service, enterprises will be able to select a chromebook of their choice, before giving employees access to the Chrome platform.

Using Fujitsu's managed services, enterprises will be able to control and monitor the usage of the devices. This will include user management; device configuration and management; provisioning of corporate approved applications from the Google Store; listing of sites that devices and users can access; environment look and feel; controlled OS updates; OS and hardware support; and hard installation.

The enterprise-enabled services will also include hosted virtual desktops, and options such as optimised print and file management. Additionally, the Google admin console will allow over 200 certified policies to be set for devices.

Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand solutions director James Mercer said that while the company has found many enterprises and government organisations are exploring the possibilities of using a chromebook in their environment, Fujitsu plans on initially targeting the health, education, and retail verticals.

For instance, Fujitsu said that retailers would be able to equip stores with ultra low-cost kiosks and remotely manage hundreds of stores from the head office.

Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand CEO Mike Foster claimed the partnership with Google makes Fujitsu the first systems integrator to offer managed services to enterprises for chromebooks.

"[It's] part of our vision of 'workplace anywhere'," he said.

In August last year, Citrix and Google announced Citrix Receiver for Chrome, a native app for the chromebook, which has direct access to the system resources, including printing, audio, and video. The aim of it was to bring chromebooks with the Citrix software to 20 global enterprises, covering industries such as healthcare.