Google, nGenx Partnership: Hosted Windows Apps, DaaS
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is working closely with nGenx to offer partners and customers hosted Windows applications and desktop as a service (DaaS) capabilities. The Google-nGenx relationship is part of the latest Google Chromebook and Chromebox enhancements, which Google announced today.
No, Google isn’t getting into the hosted Windows applications business. Instead, Google continues to promote Google Apps, SaaS and web applications for Chromebooks — those web-based notebooks running Chrome OS. For Chromebook partners and customers that need to run Windows applications, Google is promoting the nGenx relationship.
About nGenx Windows Desktop as a Service
Founded in 2000, nGenx has bet its business on Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and cloud-based application delivery. The company’s strategic partners include Microsoft, Citrix, VMware. nGenx claims its DaaS solution enables organizations to access their business applications on any device, anywhere business is conducted.
Moreover, Google claims nGenx offers channel partners and customers “a hosted virtualization solution where you can access any desktop app through the web—at a fraction of the price of current virtualization offerings.”
Talkin’ Cloud has not seen pricing for the nGenx hosted desktop service but we’re intrigued. Google Chromebooks, launched in 2011, got off to relatively slow start while partners and customers considered potential use cases for mobile devices and related cloud services.
A new round of Google Chromebook and Chromebox enhancements surfaced today, and the news included multiple Chromebook customer wins in the retail, education and mobile markets — just to name a few.
It’s a safe bet Google will offer more Chromebook news during the Google I/O 2012 conference (June 27-29, San Francisco). Elsewhere, keep an eye on Ingram Micro Cloud Summit (June 4-7, Arizona) and Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 (July 8-13, Toronto) for more desktop as a service and VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) milestones.
Generally speaking, thousands of VARs and MSPs are seeking DaaS and VDI solutions to give customers anywhere, anytime access to their applications. Desktop as a Service originally was seen as a way to centralize and safeguard Windows applications on servers. But the rise of tablets and smartphones has triggered a shift in the DaaS market, forcing partners to find creative ways to extend desktop apps out to mobile devices.