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NVIDIA and VMware, two companies with serious cloud muscle, have announced a partnership to take virtual desktop on Chromebooks to the next level. Currently in a "preview" stage, this new workstation-class virtual desktop tech leverages NVIDIA's GRID vGPU technology in conjunction with VMware Blast Performance to offer high-performance computing from a Chromebook.

With this new technology, Chromebook users inside a company can enjoy the simplicity and battery life of a Chromebook while also accessing graphically-intense applications like Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD and Microsoft Office. NVIDIA's Tegra K1-powered Chromebooks will be the first models able to take advantage of the technology, according to the company.

It all works through a combination of serious computing power in a data center — via the proprietary NVIDIA and VMware tech — and special firmware that is installed on the Chromebook itself. By putting all of the "heavy lifting" on an external server and letting the Chromebook handle a small portion of the computation, it provides immense flexibility for deploying inexpensive machines to do heavy duty work.

VMware is offering up an early access program for customers who wish to check out this new virtual desktop solution. It will be available for those registered users starting in Q4 2014.

Source: VMware


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NVIDIA and VMware partnering for powerful virtual desktop access on Chromebooks


Nice! This is awesome seeing NVIDIA getting its roots deeper into the game and in the process taking the Chromebook to a new level.



Have you tried or used the Chrome remote desktop? Not to bad....Im still trying to get my web access for outlook to load on the chromebook....

Can somebody tell Cisco this is happening? The new missing link for using non-traditional devices to access a remote desktop is corporate VPN support. I used to be able to access my company desktop from Linux over my company's Juniper SSL VPN (it even let me input a secondary password from my company-issued hardware token). But that was then. But when I went 64 bit on my Linux desktop, I lost the VPN access - it seems Juniper couldn't be bothered to get their Java based VPN to work with the 64 bit environment. Then my company got bought and went with a Cisco VPN. Even though there's a 'cisco' vpnc program in Mint, it doesn't work. I've fed it all the ID's and passwords I extracted from the Windows Cisco config file, but it still doesn't work. For now, remote desktop is the only thing I use Windows for at home.

Hopefully Chromebooks are mainstream enough that the VPN providers will take notice. But I'm not holding my breath.

This is what I expected to see when I followed the link. Windows virtual desktop would be awesome on this in the enterprise. The article sounds more like published apps, which is still cool, but a full blown windows desktop would be the tits.

300 dollar laptop with a virtualized desk top. Even is that desktop service is 10 to 40 a month your still it in less then a high end gaming rig.

Why? Just wait for windows 9 and buy a 2 in 1 or convertible. Love my dell venue 11 pro.

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