Google is running promotions with Citrix and VMware to push Chromebooks to business customers yet to find a suitable upgrade path away from Microsoft's Windows XP as support for the OS ends on April 8.
Google (GOOG) is teaming with Citrix (CTXS) and VMware (VMW) in promotions to push Chromebooks to business customers yet to find a suitable upgrade path away from Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP as support for the OS ends on April 8.
The search giant and VMware have teamed up for a second time in two months, this time offering U.S. customers $200 off the price of Horizon Destktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) equipped Chromebooks for Business. The offer, which runs through the end of June, is meant to incent business users to transition off of the 13-year-old OS to Chromebooks and the cloud with VMware’s desktop virtualization technology.
And, to enable organizations to deliver business-critical Windows applications to Chromebooks, Google has teamed with Citrix on a deal to knock 25 percent off the price of the Citrix XenApp Platinum Edition, the developer’s flagship Windows virtual application delivery solution to accelerate XP migration. The promotion runs through the end of September.
To help customers understand the benefits of Chrome with XenApp, the vendors have scheduled a joint educational seminar series starting April 22 and repeated May 13.
On Google’s promotion with VMware, Erik Frieberg, VMware End-User Computing Product Marketing vice president, said in a blog post that Windows XP users can gain access to legacy desktops and applications with Chromebooks equipped with the virtualization vendor’s Horizon DaaS on vCloud Hybrid Service or through service providers.
“This unique solution empowers organizations looking for an alternative to on-premise virtual desktops or application publishing for their Google Chromebooks,” said Frieberg. “Unlike traditional desktop virtualization solutions, VMware Horizon DaaS is fast to deploy, requires minimal IT skills and no upfront capital. Since DaaS reduces labor costs compared to traditional on-premise desktop virtualization infrastructure by over 50 percent, organizations can reallocate precious IT resources on projects that matter most to the business.”
Google’s special order Chromebook for Business program features a web-based management console for admins to handle users, devices and apps across a fleet of the Chrome OS-centric machines. Google clearly is figuring that in the remaining Windows XP confusion, some business users might elect for the familiarity of the Chrome OS housed in a laptop.
VMware’s earlier collaboration with Google, announced at VMware’s Partner Exchange 2014 in San Francisco in February, tied the virtualization vendor’s DaaS service to Chromebooks to enable users to access their Windows applications, data and desktops using VMware's Blast HTML5 technology from a web-based application catalog.