Saturday, December 18, 2010

SunRay vs Chrome OS Notebook

I'm just thinking out loud. Does a Chrome OS like device have a place in the enterprise?

I received a free Google Chrome OS Notebook December 14, 2010. I like it. It has provoked a comparison of Chrome OS like devices to my employer's SunRay thin client deployment that I helped put together. The infrastructure behind our SunRay deployment is pretty heavy. There are Solaris SunRay server blades, Windows terminal server blades, Active Directory blades, file server blades, storage area network, SunRay thin clients, keyboards, mice, etc... Could we replaced all that with Chrome OS Notebook like devices? We already use Google Apps for email, instant messaging, documents, spreadsheets, and wiki. We have an evolving Intranet. There are several employees working exclusively in the browser now. If we continue to move everything to our Intranet and find a remote desktop solution for the remaining applications, we are there. Our SunRay environment shines in security, mobility, and zero client maintenance. Flash and video playback on the SunRay is painful. A Chrome OS device competes with the SunRay's security and has zero client maintenance. SunRay has a slight edge in the session mobility category. We can take our SunRay card and move to any station picking up right were we left off. A Chrome OS device beats the SunRay on video playback.

What do you think the possibilities are of a Chrome OS like device working its way in to your enterprise?

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