Sep 27 2012
Setting The Pace
The best way to assess if a new technology is useful for business is by studying its features and analyzing how you can use these features to further your business interests. Google Chromebox, unvieled recently is one such technology that needs to be studied to learn if the technology can be absorbed and used.
Google Chromebox, aimed at the enterprise, is a device designed entirely based on the cloud and runs all applications in a browser instead of locally in an operating system. Priced at $329, Chromebox is attractive enough to create a buzz around it. Add to that, the ease at which it integrates with Google’s other products, and you have a likely competitor in the personal computing arena. Its specifications are reasonable for its price; an Intel Core processor, 4GB RAM, built-in dual-band WiFi, 6, USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 3.0 compatible, and Kensington key lock compatible. The booting time is no more than 7 seconds. Its desktop-as-a-service functionality (DaaS) attempts to woo the corporate sector with a one-time lifetime support of $150. Although, it is widely considered to be better suited for the small business and retail sectors.
Chrome OS depends on network connection, and had neither a Windows-style desktop nor a file management system until only recently. The recent upgrades have made offline access to Gmail and other documents possible. Google has plans to integrate Chrome OS with Google Drive, which will allow back ups of files immediately after the Chromebox connects to the Internet. It also automatically upgrades to the latest version of the OS.
Google Chromebox is a better fit for small business as it doesn’t effectively address the security and the cloud infrastructure needed for large business
Is it really going to make its mark in the corporate world? That is a big question- the answer to which will depend on what Google has up its sleeve for the future. For the present though, it is a force to reckon with in the small business segment.
Why will it be more significant to small business rather than the big enterprise? The reasons are quite a few
As the cloud becomes crowded and boundaries become fragile with higher adoption, the security threat to big corporations will become a major concern. The threat lies in people with criminal intent infiltrating into cloud providers’ network and running bot-nets to the detriment of all parties concerned. It will be difficult to implement securities best practices because shared technologies mean shared risk. For small business though, the benefits of having a Chromebox will almost always outbalance any risk factors.
As the data is stored remotely in Google servers the security of data is almost guaranteed. In an event of Chromebox becoming damaged or lost, the user can simply sign in to the same account using another device. Support infrastructure and IT maintenance costs are big stumbling blocks for small business to leverage advanced technology. As the need for IT support and IT infrastructure is reduced with cloud, a Google Chromebox makes more business sense to small business enterprise.
The security issues apart, storing and retrieving large amounts of data is an important aspect of business operations. Small business, in order to be successful, need to manage their resources cleverly and ensure the technology they implement supports ease of data processing, retrieval and storage.
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