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Chromebook RDP – Chromebook Deployment

Chromebook RDP: Are you interested in deploying Google Chromebook™ laptops as workstations but aren’t sure about their capabilities? Are you concerned they won’t support Windows applications and desktops? If you choose the right application and desktop delivery solution, they do support all of that—and provide an intuitive, secure, high-end user experience.

Rapidly increasing sales of Chromebook make it a good option as a thin client. However, Windows RDP offers limited features for Chromebooks. Application delivery and VDI solutions overcome the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) limitations, allowing you to run any Windows application and desktop on Chromebooks via RDP.

However, application delivery and VDI solutions such as VMware Horizon and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops are expensive and demand complex configurations, almost nullifying the advantages offered by Chromebooks.

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is inexpensive and easy to deploy, configure, and maintain. It offers full support to Chromebooks, allowing organizations to provide employees with seamless user experience on Windows and Chrome applications, anytime. Combined, Parallels RAS and Chromebooks are an excellent solution for creating a cost-effective, pseudo thin–client environment.

Why Are Chromebooks Popular?

A lightweight laptop, Google Chromebook is designed to primarily run in the cloud and uses Google Chrome OS™. Most of the documents and apps live in the cloud, which means the device should always be connected to the Internet. The absence of a dedicated hard drive makes it a low-cost option.

Some of the most popular reasons for using Chromebook include:

Chromebook RDP: Chromebook Evolution

Ever since Google released the first Chromebook, its sales have been on the rise. From 17 million units sold in 2019, it is forecasted that some 20 million Chromebooks will be sold globally this year, or a 17% increase from last year’s figures.

Long the primary market for Chromebooks, the education sector is also driving the surge in demand this year, as distance learning becomes the norm due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Looking at the numbers, it is evident that Chromebooks are here to stay. Their increased use as thin clients means administrators must explore options to connect these devices to Windows networks.

Advantages of using Chromebooks

Chromebooks are ideal as thin client devices. Among the pros of using a Chromebook are:

Challenges with Chromebooks

While a Chromebook is ideal for use as a thin client, they can be challenging in some aspects, including the following:

Chromebook RDP and Parallels RAS 

Efficiently deliver Windows applications hosted on hypervisors and Windows remote desktop servers to any device, anywhere. By hosting applications in the private cloud, businesses benefit from reduced administration and help desk support time and can easily control access to applications.  

Parallels RAS has extensive experience supporting the education segment. Educational institutions rely on Parallels RAS to deliver Microsoft Office applications to Apple or Chrome OS, increasing the productivity of staff and students without increasing licensing costs. Parallels RAS has helped many institutions and organizations get the maximum possible benefit from the private cloud. Learn More. 

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Microsoft RDP for Chromebook | laptopmag.com/articles/chromebook-buying-advice

Mobile Campus: AppsAnywhere & Parallels RAS | software2.com/resource-centre/creating-a-mobile-campus-with-anywhere-access-to-apps-at-durham-university

Durham University: Flexible remote access to central application depository | software2.com/resource-centre/flexible-remote-access-to-applications-at-durham-university-presentation