“We see growing demand from schools, non-profits, and businesses that have stepped into cloud computing and see greater potential”, noted Allen Falcon, CEO of Cumulus Global. “Both the WiFi and 3G-enabled Chromebooks provide one of the most cost-effective ways to put real computing power in the hands of students and teachers, employees, volunteers, and other cloud-connected users.”
Cumulus Global is partnering with other solution providers to help customers use Chromebooks for more than Google Apps and access to web-based applications. Terminal services, Virtual Desktop, and tools like AccessNow and the Citrix Receiver for Chromebooks provide users with easy access to traditional desktop and client-server applications.
“With Chromebooks in play, we expect to see new growth in the use of Virtual Desktop Integration (VDI) services”, added Falcon. “The value proposition that many analysts have found missing with VDI services exists with Chromebooks. The low entry price, built in 3G option, and policy push address the hardware cost, connectivity cost, and management costs head-on.”
Built for cloud connectivity, Chromebooks clear user data and policies after each user session. Policies reload with each 10-second boot and user login, dramatically reducing the typical overhead in managing system images.
Cumulus Global has a limited number of demonstration systems currently available for loan and trial to school districts subscribed to Google Apps for Education.