Tech Data is encouraging more resellers to become authorised to sell Chrome Device Management in the B2B market and capitalise on Chrome devices’ suitability for use as thin clients.
Matt Beresford, Google Business Development Manager at Tech Data, said: “Chrome devices share many of the attributes of thin clients. Chromebooks are easy to maintain and affordable. They are also extremely portable and much easier to manage. These are big advantages over traditional thin clients. Organisations can use Chrome devices in VMware or Citrix environments, and their easy mobility and appealing looks make them more attractive to users.”
Tech Data points out that with the App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) allowing Android apps to be run on Chrome OS, the devices can now be used to access many more applications, including the Microsoft Office suite for Android. Using Chrome Device Management, organisations can manage large groups of users very easily; roll-out, update and withdraw apps; and control user access.
Beresford said: “It is already possible for Chrome OS to run Android apps and access the Google Play Store and, with the Office 365 access available as well, Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices are a much more attractive proposition for everyday business use. It is easier to use a Chrome device offline and that’s really useful.”
He added: “It will make premium Chromebooks, like the new ASUS ‘Cave’ and Acer’s Chromebook R 11 and R 13, more appealing to business users.”