Google announced that they will be selling the Chromebook for Business for $28 a month per user starting in June. At first you probably wonder how a web based dumbed down notebook could help the likes of VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft sell VDI solutions. The answer is simple. As our data moves into the cloud we have less and less need for the large fast hard drives that have been populating notebooks for the past few years. Add that to always on connectivity of 3g and you have access to your data (for free up to 100 mb a month). The next question is now that I can get to my data how to I use it. You could follow the party line from Google and move everything to Google Docs but that does not work for most enterprises. However published applications from XenApp or single sign-on solutions like Project Horizon from VMware are moving enterprise applications into the cloud and onto the internet. So now you can have a notebook that can boot in less than 8 seconds with full web connectivity and a minimal security threat footprint that also has access to your documents that sit in DropBox or SugarSync, If you add that to the latest release from Ericom of a HTML5 client for VMware View and you can now have enterprise class desktops at your fingertips. There is of course the worry of what happens in someone hacks the ChromeOS that is on these machines do they now have access to all my data anyway? It is still possible that could happen but with a team of engineers and an auto-update feature on the Chromebook you would hope whatever vulnerability that may be found would be patched extremely quickly.
This is great now for your work computer but what if I want to use it at home? The applications that are loaded are already the ones that most uses want to use from their home PC, with full access to chrome, google docs, chat clients, twitter clients and of course angry birds who could want more?