Looks like Nvidia is pretty serious about Chrome OS and Chromebooks. After the new Acer Chromebook powered by their K1 processor, and news that more Nvidia powered Chromebooks are in the works, here is something that you usually expect only from partners with serious interest, a partnership with virtualizations provider Vmware, bringing better access to traditional computing platforms, things like running Photoshop on a remote computer and accessing it on your Chromebook.
The new technology, currently in “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.
Do not get excited yet, because this may not be for everyone at least for now. This is not your regular Chrome Remote Desktop style access that we are talking about. Windows ( or any other heavy operating system) will run on a server inside a datacenter. A user will connect to these servers to access applications such as photoshop or CAD designing software using a Chromebook equipped with special firmware and apps.
This means Vmware and Nvidia are targetting companies, not individuals with this software. Companies can deploy Chromebooks without worrying about occasional heavy traditional applications their employees might need to access. This may not work for every company out there, but in every company. There may be a bunch of companies who can switch to Chromebooks without thinking much. There may be some more companies who can deploy Chromebooks to most of their staff. I have seen organizations like this. (for example, the local hospital / clinic that I visit, they use Ubuntu to access their web based application)
Education market, check. Enterprise? We’ll get there!