Google and VMware have announced a collaboration that sees enterprise customers of Chrome OS devices, such as Chromebooks, able to deploy SaaS applications based on VMware Workspace ONE from their machines.
Workspace ONE is an identity and mobility management platform that is aimed at organisations undergoing digital transformation, by delivering and managing apps across different hardware platforms.
By expanding its partnership with VMware, Google is aiming to make the authentication process for deploying virtualised applications easier, making the Chrome OS ecosystem more attractive to businesses and "power users".
Security conscious Chrome OS already sandboxes applications, and Chromebooks running the OS feature encrypted storage, a verified boot process and modules for TPM chips with encryption keys incorporated in them. The VMware partnership will expand the range of productivity apps offered to Chrome OS enterprise customers to include virtualised applications hosted on Workspace ONE. The companies promise one-click authentication and application management via a single sign-on (SSO) process.
The two companies are also collaborating on measures to unify native Android applications.
"VMware has been working with Google since 2015 to offer secure Android devices and applications, most recently with advanced support for Android Enterprise," said Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, end-user computing at VMware, in a statement.
"This partnership shows our commitment to giving customers the flexibility to pick the device of their choice and enabling the delivery of any application on any device to end users," Dhawan added.
Commenting on the collaboration Phil Hochmuth, program director, enterprise mobility at analyst firm IDC said: "Application ecosystems are a major factor in the success of an endpoint operating system. Growth in the Chrome OS application ecosystem has improved the quality of the user experience with the platform. Adding VMware Workspace ONE to further support the management and delivery of business applications to Chrome OS devices is a logical move forward."
Workspace ONE-hosted applications are available immediately to Chrome OS customers.
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