Chrome OS for business and for schools, with hardware subscriptions

Google is not only releasing Chrome OS to the consumer market. At today’s keynote at Google I/O, Google pushed the significance of Chrome OS in the enterprise. Touting partnerships with Citrix and other cloud/virtualization firms, Google promised that Chromebooks will become the easiest devices to manage and in an enterprise environment. There are many options businesses can take advantage of to drive interest in Chrome OS products.

First, Chrome OS is not only available on a laptop. Google will be partnering with manufacturers to release a “Chromebox” to act as a desktop thin client that runs on Chrome OS. It will be cheaper than the mobile laptop option, and you will be able to hook up peripherals like monitors and printers to create a true Chrome OS thin client alternative.

To make the deal even sweeter, along with the already included perks of real time seamless updating in Chrome OS, Google will be offering a Hardware as a Service plan to IT administrators, allowing for free upgrades to newer hardware when it becomes available. The announced cost of this plan is $28 per month per user for businesses and $20 per student per month for schools. This creates a Software and Hardware as a Service cycle that few other platforms can emulate.

From an administrative standpoint, Chrome OS hardware and software will all be easily managed via a centralized web application, and security is built in by default; any all communications from Chrome OS is encrypted. Sandboxing of browser extensions and applications already happens in Chrome, and will certainly be a standard security feature in Chrome OS. Google also promises live support for these products.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Google I/O: Day 2 Keynote Highlights

Next Story

Duke Nukem Forever coming to Onlive; demo release nears?

18 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

you have to think though that these are no some hardcore gaming pc's, they are very basic and are really just meant to get to googles "cloud", they are probably not much more then any SoC you can buy and put linux on, many go for around $150.

So we all move away from the mainframes of yesteryear (the cloud back then) to individual desktops and now we move back to todays modern mainframe. Interesting.

day2die said,
Here's the cool part: it's $336 per year. Similar price to a new laptop (not netbook) with Windows 7.

suscription or buying a chromeOS netbook its just expensive and not worth it...

a 200 dollars or less would be a game changer

eilegz said,

suscription or buying a chromeOS netbook its just expensive and not worth it...

a 200 dollars or less would be a game changer


Also, brand new netbook starts at $250 beating Chromebook.

better the google solution, no issues with maintainence of software and hardware and after 5 yrs the loop start again.
i work as IT technician and i would dream to give a chromebox to every users!

So, while looking at the typical hardware refresh period of 3-5 years, that adds up to at least $720 - $1200 for a machine with a gimp OS.

AWESOME. WHERE DO I SIGN?!?!?!

$20 per student per month for schools.

err, so 1,200 pupils in the school, $288,000 a year. You're going to have to do better than that Google.

eilegz said,
so crazy, the only place i can find use of this maybe its INTERNET shop, and instant on for normal pc

How about your everyday employee who only checks email, use web applications and write the occasional document or two? They are not targeting Engineers or graphic artists but your typical employee who is still running Windows XP because it's too expensive to upgrade each and every employee.

Not sure how popular this will be with the IT crowds out there. Subscriptions aren't usually good long term and from an administration standpoint it can be a mess if it doesn't integrate well with existing tools (which it sounds like it doesn't).