Chromebook Desktop – As the product-oriented business approach turned more service-driven, IT experts envisaged a revolutionary change in the software segment. Interestingly, IT hardware is changing too. A notable example is the increasing popularity of cloud-based Chromebooks.

What is Chromebook?

chromebook desktopA Chromebook is an inexpensive laptop with a cloud-based Google Android operating system. Designed to serve users’ browsing needs, this Internet-independent laptop delivers easier and faster computing.

Chromebooks come with 2-4 GB memory, 16 GB storage, a basic-level processor, and a screen size ranging from 11.6 to 15 inches. There is only one native app in the form of Google Chrome; all other applications and data reside in the cloud. This laptop boots in less than eight seconds and its price starts at $199. (Google Pixel starts at $1,299.) Chromebooks are available in nine models from HP, Acer, Toshiba, and Samsung.

Because Chromebooks use a Google OS, they mostly rely on the Google application suite. While you can log in as a guest, the complete experience is delivered only when you log in using your Google credentials.

Pros and cons of the Chromebook

Firstly, Chromebooks are extremely cheap. The starting price is only $199. Secondly, they deliver easier and lightning fast computing. Within eight seconds of booting, you can start working on your apps.

Thirdly, Chromebooks keep your resources available anytime and from anywhere. As all data and apps reside in the cloud, you can access your data from any place. Even if the Chromebook crashes, your data is safe and secure in the cloud. Fourthly, data backup and security updates are automatically done in the cloud. Systems updates and security patches are done every time you boot your laptop. As multi-layered security is integrated into the browser, you don’t need an antivirus program. For end users who use laptops mostly to browse the Internet, a Chromebook is a great buy.

On the downside, a Chromebook always needs an Internet connection. Apart from offline docs and mail, you can’t access any other apps. Another major disadvantage is the limited functionality. You cannot work with MS Office software and other sophisticated graphics and video programs. Skype is not available, either. There are no optical drives. You can’t connect a local printer, but you can print from the Google cloud. There is a gap for users that require Chromebook desktop-like features and applications.

Is the laptop dead for businesses?

The cloud revolution has made it inevitable for businesses to move everything to the cloud. With data and apps residing in the cloud, Chromebooks can be the right fit for businesses. With its quick and easy computing, light weight and extremely cheap price tag, businesses with shrinking IT budgets can’t ask for more. Because of the tremendous opportunities provided by the Chromebook desktop, businesses have found a way to resolve its limitations.

Chromebook desktop Today, a seamless Internet connection is available in most parts of the world, which means Internet-dependency is not a concern. The only challenge is the limited functionality—Chromebook users cannot run MS Office and other native programs. With Microsoft still leading the software race, this is a huge limitation. However, desktop virtualization provides an easy solution to this problem. By using application delivery software such as Parallels Remote Application Server, VMware Horizon View, or Citrix XenApp, you can transform a Chromebook into a powerful computing device, or Chromebook desktop. You can easily publish Windows desktops on Chromebook desktops and use any application including MS Office, Photoshop, or Skype. Desktop and application virtualization not only resolves the Chromebook limitations, but it also makes it a powerful and cost-effective thin client for businesses.

Chromebook desktop trends

Google has been a household name for over a decade, and every product from Google creates a buzz. Chromebooks are no exception. 2015 is the year of the Chromebook. In 2014, the Chromebook accounted for 14% of laptop sales, as reported by BetaNews; this was an 8% increase from 2013. Since Google’s 2014 announcement that 1 TB drive storage would be free for buyers for two years, Chromebooks have again hit the limelight. Surprisingly, four models of the Chromebook are listed in the top 10 best sellers on Amazon, with Samsung Chromebook topping the list. With its limitations resolved, Chromebook sales are sure to soar even higher.

Thin clients sales hit a five-year low

The EMEA thin client market has hit a five-year low. According to IDC, the second quarter of 2015 showed a 17.7% decline in sales (385,000 units shipped) compared to the previous year. That was the lowest shipment number in the preceding five years. The fragile economic growth and low oil prices in the euro zone contributed to this change, and businesses were not able to add IT hardware incentives for purchases or upgrades. In such an environment of shrinking IT budgets, the inexpensive Chromebook can become a great asset for businesses. With a lower price of $199, businesses can easily set up hundreds of thin clients with desktop virtualization to optimize costs and achieve greater ROI. With a variety of tablets, phones, and now Chromebooks using virtual desktops and remote apps, the laptop’s days may be numbered.

Opportunities for resellers

For resellers, Chromebook desktops as thin clients provide an exciting opportunity to offer cost-effective delivery of hosted workspace services. As a managed service provider, you can offer unique and cost-effective virtualization solutions to take your business to the next level. By partnering with a reliable application delivery software vendor, you can distinguish your services to deliver a reliable and rich end user experience across a range of devices such as PCs, laptops, mobiles, Chromebooks, Linux, and Mac devices. By providing world-class solutions at an unbeatable price, resellers can beat the competition.

With the Chromebook desktop booting within eight seconds and delivering high speed connectivity, you can improve SLAs and build a long-lasting business relationship with your customers. Simplified IT management enables you to easily monitor and manage the entire infrastructure. Ignoring this hot market will only leave it to your competitors.

Opportunities with Parallels

For resellers and managed service providers who want to deliver unique cloud solutions to their customers, Parallels is a perfect partner. Parallels provides three important benefits to its MSPs which make them unbeatable in the market.

Firstly, Parallels Remote Application Server delivers the best cross-platform solution in the world. It allows you to create a stable and reliable virtual infrastructure to deliver desktops and applications from a centralized location to any device and any operating platform. Parallels Remote Application Server support a range of devices including all types of Windows, Android, iOS, Chromebook, and Raspberry Pi devices. In addition, the HTML5 client allows customers to work with HTML5-compatible browsers.

Secondly, Parallels Remote Application Server delivers a simplified IT management system. The tool is easy to deploy and manage. Unlike Citrix and VMware, you don’t need certified professionals to deploy and configure the infrastructure. All of the necessary features come auto-configured by default. You can spend less on technical aspects, and concentrate more on growing your business.

Thirdly, Parallels Remote Application Server comes at a fraction of the cost of its competitors. When coupled with Chromebook thin clients, it is unbeatable. At the same time, you don’t have to compromise on performance or features. Parallels Remote Application Server is a comprehensive virtualization tool that offers a range of features in a standard edition. Because it is easy to monitor and manage, deployment and maintenance can be done in-house, which cuts down on outsourcing and labor costs. With a stable virtualization infrastructure and Parallels Remote Application Server at the helm, you can deliver cost-effective application and desktop delivery services that are second to none.

With Parallels Remote Application Server and a Chromebook desktop, explore untapped markets and expand your service portfolio to reap the best ROI and stay ahead of the competition.


References

Chromebook desktop: WHAT’S A CHROMEBOOK, ANYWAY? 

Chromebook desktop: The Pros and Cons of Using a Chromebook as Your Primary Work Computer 

Chromebook desktop: Should I Buy a Chromebook? Buying Guide and Advice

Chromebook desktop: Chromebook 2014: Pros and cons of Google’s low-price laptop 

Chromebook desktop: EMEA thin client market hits five-year low 

Chromebook desktop: 2015 is year of the Chromebook 

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