ChromeOS Eliminates Cost Complexity and Risk in Device Management

Switching to ChromeOS can allow IT to transform the organisation’s devices into a fleet that delivers better performance, lower cost and improved security and management.

So says Nick Treurnicht, Google Certified Professional Collaboration Engineer & G Suite Deployment Specialist at Digicloud Africa, who notes that the Chrome OS is no longer limited to Chromebooks.

“Many laptops and desktops can support Chrome OS Flex, which transforms them into Chromebooks to enable the new way of workin using Google Workspace,” he says.

Digicloud Africa says that while organisations have already invested in modernising infrastructure, there has never been a more critical time to extend those cloud investments into endpoint computing environments, particularly to support long-term remote working. Businesses are choosing Chrome Browser Cloud Management and Chrome OS to empower their cloud workforce. However, the challenging prospect of migrating legacy applications – particularly bespoke applications built for a Windows environment – has held some organisations back from making the move to Chrome, Treurnicht says.

“This problem has been solved with Chrome OS Flex, a secure, cloud-first, easy to manage and fast operating system for PCs and Mac. It's free to download, easy to install, and is a sustainable way to modernise the devices you already own. Turn your fleet of old Windows devices into Chrome devices,” he says.

With a long list of supported devices, Chrome OS Flex devices are easily managed and supported using the tools available with the Chrome Enterprise Upgrade license, which connects all Chrome OS and Chrome OS Flex devices to an integrated control panel to manage the hardware and enforce over 800 policy options.

Nick Treunicht, Google Workspace Deployment Specialist, Digicloud Africa:
For a long time, companies have been trying to support true thin client computing that works for any use case, with any application. With ChromeOS, this is now possible.
The biggest benefits of migrating to ChromOS are ease of management, risk reduction, business continuity and cost savings.

Chrome OS – the modern way to work

Chromebooks, using mobile CPUs built on ARM architecture, are growing in popularity thanks to their cost, performance and battery life. Priced at around half the cost of a Mac or Windows counterpart, Chromebooks consume little power and offer all-day battery life. While transforming a Windows or Mac device into a Chromebook using Chrome OS Flex may not deliver the full performance and battery life of a Chromebook, it will offer improved performance, security and a battery life, Treurnicht says.

The biggest benefits of migrating to Chrome OS are ease of management, risk reduction, business continuity and cost savings, he says. “Organisations gain the ability to easily manage all their devices, and disable or shut them down if they are lost or stolen or remote into these devices with a single click. This makes these ideal for environments like schools, where loss, damage or theft is a risk,” he says. “In any environment, once all employees are using cloud native Google Workspace, all their work and data is saved and stored in the cloud, so no data can be lost should a device be lost or damaged. Google forces you to work in a smarter way, so everything is synced to your Google Drive in the cloud all the time. A user simply logs on to their workspace using any device and their open tabs, documents and applications will be right where they left them. This means no down time to replace and reinstall devices. Plus, Google Workspace, Google Drive and Gmail are impervious to ransomware,” Treurnicht says.

“For a long time, companies have been trying to support true thin client computing that works for any use case, with any application. With Chrome OS, this is now possible,” he says.

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