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VMWare, Google Team Up For Enterprise-Wide Management of Chrome Devices

VMware recently announced that it will be the first unified endpoint management (UEM) provider with full Chrome device management capabilities, after teaming up with tech giant Google.

VMware Workspace ONE is a digital workspace platform powered by VMware AirWatch UEM technology and it will allow clients to “unify management of Chrome devices alongside all other endpoints from a single console,” according to a recent release.

“The consumerization of the enterprise has left IT managing multiple operating systems on a variety of devices — some provided by the business and others brought in by employees,” Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware, said in a release. “As Chrome OS continues to gain momentum, our customers are eager to manage these devices consistently along with all other endpoints including mobile devices. Using Workspace ONE, our customers will be able to securely manage the lifecycle of Chromebooks along with all their other endpoints giving them better security and a consistent user experience across all devices.”

Clients will now have the ability to manage Chrome devices along with all of their additional endpoints in Workspace ONE. The tool has the ability to start with “out-of-the box on-boarding, configuration and policies, provisioning apps, auditing and tracking; all the way to end device wipe, IT can secure and enable Chrome devices using a simplified approach.”

Businesses can deliver device policies with customizable assignment of groups using geography, role, and device platform information, which should make it easier to enforce policies; this is all possible given the new enterprise-ready capabilities from Chrome Enterprise License.

“Our collaboration with VMware will help us deliver a seamless deployment and management experience, making Chrome devices available across more teams,” Rajen Sheth, senior director of product management for Chrome OS at Google said in a release. “Our business customers are focused on three things — speed, simplicity and security — and the new Workspace ONE support will provide Chrome users with the flexibility organizations are looking for to offer employees choice and access to the cloud.”

This partnership means that workers will have access to all of an enterprise’s applications including cloud, native Android, web and virtual Windows from a single app catalog in order to offer a consistent experience to employees, on-prem or working remotely, using any device, the release said.

Those using a Chrome device will be able to access full Windows desktops and apps to use those as next-generation thin clients. According to the release, Workspace ONE will offer a unified platform to manage and deliver any app to a Chrome device.

“Partnering with one of the leading UEM providers shows Google’s commitment to bring Chrome OS to the enterprise,” Phil Hochmuth, program director, Enterprise Mobility at IDC said in a release. “Simplifying the deployment and management of Chrome devices will only further incentivize IT leaders to allow end users choose Chrome for their work needs.”

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