Google Chrome OS to Have Enterprise Friend in Citrix
Google's Chrome Operating System isn't yet ready for prime time on notebook computers, but the company has landed corporate remote access power Citrix Systems as a partner.
Google Dec. 7 said at an update event that it consumers would be able to purchase netbooks based on its Web operating system, which lets users run Web apps in the Chrome browser, from Samsung and Acer in mid-2011.
Concerns about bugs, performance tuning, and connecting digital cameras to the mix are a few of the reasons why Chrome OS had been delayed in the market.
While most enterprises wouldn't dare to embrace such a nascent offering, Citrix plans to use Chrome OS in 2011 to support Citrix Receiver, a software client for application and desktop virtualization.
Citrix customer employees will be able to bring Chrome OS netbooks into their office and get immediate access to their enterprise apps through Receiver.
Gordon Payne, senior vice president of Citrix Systems, demonstrated Citrix Receiver running Microsoft Excel on Chrome OS, with the document actually hosted in the company's data center. He also showed off a Solid Works CAD app and Hyperion business intelligence app running the same way.
Touting Citrix' long track record of helping users shuttle business apps from their PCs to corporate data centers and running them on different computers inside and outside the central office, Payne said Chrome OS lends itself nicely to Citrix' service delivery model.
For more, read the eWeek article: Google Chrome OS Has Enterprise Friend in Citrix.