I was not present at VMWorld this week so I didn't get hands on opportunity to try and get to grips with a new technology quorum from Google, VMWare and Nvidia to bring datacentre based "thinclient on steroids" technology to the Chromebook enterprise user. You can read more information in this eWeek article from Jeffrey Burt.
I read it end to end and whilst anything that increases the adoption of Chromebooks (I now have four machines and am writing this article on one of them) in the enterprise thats great. However for Google I understand allowing fast seemless handling of enterprise apps on Nvidia CPU enabled machines with custom firmware and VMWare's Blast technology is one thing, on another hand personally its left me scratching my head.
Google have an absolute winner on its hands with the Chromebook. I ADORE MINE. My MacBook Pro's of which I have two or three now rarely ever get booted. I can now do everything I need for my Red Hat work on a Chromebook. Google Docs giving me enough power to draft documents, spreadsheets etc etc. Photoshop needs taken care of by Pixlr.com and everything else we do online anyway right ? So I don't need the apps of old, the apps of 2008, the old ways of working that held me back and restrained me from being able to work at speed.
Google. You don't need VMWare, period.
Google - you are an enormous company whose products get better and better, if you want Chromebooks to be a success in the enterprise get off your communal arses and think out the box.
We moved into a better way of working when ChromeOS was born. What you're doing here with VMWare is a death huddle. It's just Wyse terminals in shiny Chromebook form. It's 2004 all over again and it's actually saying we capitulate, we accept CIOs are that dumb to keep spending money with proprietary vendors for client software rather than develop and host software as a service in the Cloud. Frankly it's comical.
We're in the cloud for a reason, Google has the ability to actually do more in the Cloud than anyone, even Amazon - and Chromebooks are a key to that in corporate world. Only issue is I've no idea who with any muscle or vision in Google is driving enterprise ChromeOS because right now they have a bag on their head and they don't know how to talk to the press, analysts or the community at large using their kit.