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VMware partners with Google to boost Chromebook adoption in the enterprise

VMware announced at the 2017 Dell EMC World conference that it was expanding Workspace ONE to provide management authentication for Chrome OS users.

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VMware will be deepening its partnership with Google, the firm announced at the 2017 Dell EMC World conference on Tuesday, using Workspace One, Airwatch, and Horizon to make Chromebooks more accessible to professional users.

For organizations deploying Chromebooks, Workspace One will offer additional secure authentication features, as well as improved application management, a press release said. It will also give end users a better access experience and help businesses move away from disparate management strategies.

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"VMware has been working with Google since 2015 to offer secure Android devices and applications, most recently with advanced support for Android Enterprise," Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager of EUC for VMware, said in the release. "This partnership shows our commitment to giving customers the flexibility to pick the device of their choice and enabling the delivery of any application on any device to end-users."

Chrome OS already makes use of TPM chips developed for encryption, full disk encryption, verified boot, and other features to improve security, the release said. However, Workspace ONE will offer administrators more security capabilities relative to application deployment and configuration.

For users who work in multiple environments, VMware Horizon 7 and VMware Horizon Cloud virtual applications and desktops will make it easier to deliver certain Windows applications to Chromebook users.

"From Windows to web to mobile apps, this partnership with VMware and the integration with VMware Workspace One will allow our customers to easily and securely deploy applications on Chrome OS devices," Rajen Sheth, director of product management for Chrome OS at Google, said in the release.

End-users log in through single sign-on (SSO), and will be able to access a digital workspace with a catalog of the apps they need. This improves end-user productivity, while also boosting security through centralized app management and app delivery, the release said.

"Application ecosystems are a major factor in the success of an endpoint operating system," Phil Hochmuth, program director of enterprise mobility at IDC, said in the release. "Growth in the Chrome OS application ecosystem has improved the quality of the user experience with the platform. Adding VMware Workspace ONE to further support the management and delivery of business applications to Chrome OS devices is a logical move forward."

Workspace ONE with VMware AirWatch and Horizon support for Chromebook is available now.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. VMware's Workspace ONE with VMware AirWatch and Horizon support is now available on Google Chromebooks.
  2. The partnership will make it easier for admins to manage app deployments, and make it easier for end-users to access the apps they need.
  3. VMware Horizon 7 and VMware Horizon Cloud virtual applications and desktops make it easier to deliver Windows apps to Chrome OS users.

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