Top Google Apps Authorized Resellers -- including Cloud Sherpas, Dito, Onix, Intelligence Partner and Promeva -- now promote Google Chromebooks. Are the cloud-based notebooks catching on?
Amid all the mainstream hype about Windows 8, Surface tablets and Apple iPads, the Google Chromebook strategy quietly marches forward. If you check a local Best Buy retail story, you might even see Chromebooks (cloud-centric laptops) on display near the Apple section. But how are Chromebooks attracting channel partners and corporate customers?
Where is Google heading next with Android and Chrome OS for smart phones, tablets and cloud-enabled devices? And where might Google Apps Authorized Resellers find their next profits? The Google I/O conference (June 27-29, San Francisco) will offer plenty of answers. Here’s the early scoop from The VAR Guy.
Google I/O is designed mainly for software developers.
Bing. Bam. Boom. It was a huge week for Google Apps resellers — the best of which seem to be winning big cloud services deals, expanding operations and announcing blockbuster mergers. But don’t count out Microsoft, where Channel Chief Jon Roskill predicts his company will emerge as the world’s largest provider of cloud software.
Google Chromebooks, those Web-based notebooks running Chrome OS, have a new sibling called the Chromebox. Indeed, the Samsung Chromebox is a home office device that resembles Apple’s Mac Mini. Why should Google Apps Authorized Resellers care?
Cloud Sherpas, a Google Apps and Salesforce.com partner, has raised $40 million and acquired CloudTrigger. The VAR Guy’s sister site, Talkin’ Cloud, has all the details plus an interview with Cloud Sherpas CEO David Northington.
Google Chromebooks, those cloud-centric notebook computers, are now available for rent. The cost: $30 per month for Chromebooks, and $25 per month for Chromeboxes (a desktop form factor). The really interesting part: There’s no long-term commitment required. Chromebooks, which run Chrome OS, have not taken the world by storm. But VARs should watch the market closely.
As Microsoft preps Windows 8.1, HP and Google push ahead with more cloud notebooks
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) unveiled Google (GOOG) Chromebooks with 11- and 14-inch screens only one week before Microsoft (MSFT) ships Windows 8.1. It's a sign of the times as HP further diversifies beyond Windows.