Implementar Google Chrome OS

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5 insider tips for deploying Chrome OS in your business

With a broad range of policies and device management options, Chrome OS was designed to be a modern, flexible tool that helps organizations get things done. And more businesses, both large and small, are bringing Chrome OS to their workplaces to take advantage of its speed, simplicity, and security. If you’re considering a Chromebox or Chromebook deployment for your organization, you might be wondering how to get started.

Your best bet is to start with the Google Chrome Device Deployment guide. Once you’ve given that a look, here are a few insider tips to help you roll out, configure, and manage Chrome OS to save time and money.

1. Pre-configure your device management options ahead of time.

Before deployment, you’ll want to fully understand what your workforce and business areas need so you can pre-configure devices and employee accounts using Chrome Enterprise with the right tools to be productive on Chrome OS.

Chrome Enterprise gives you a lot of flexibility in your configuration options. You can stick with our defaults, or fine tune more than 200 different policies in the Chrome management console. And if you work with an enterprise mobility management (EMM) partner, you can use their configuration tools separately or in conjunction with the Admin Console. Policies are automatically applied when your users first log in to to an enrolled Chromebook or Chromebox, so this pre-deployment effort gets them up and running quickly.

2. Take time to review how your users and organizations are currently managed.

Whether you work for a large enterprise or a small business, chances are you’ll need to grant access to company data or apps to specific teams or job functions. Before deploying Chrome Enterprise, we recommend carefully reviewing organizational units and their access levels with management. Outlining this information upfront can speed up deployment because you can pre-configure settings for organizational units instead of managing settings for each individual user.

Pro-tip: Already using Microsoft Active Directory (AD)? You can integrate it with Chrome Enterprise devices and groups to save time.

3. Run the Chrome OS Beta channel on a few devices.

Chrome OS offers three software channels: Dev, Beta and Stable. While we recommend rolling out Chrome OS devices on the most current Stable channel to employees, you might also consider having a few Chromebooks or Chromeboxes on hand running on the Beta channel. This lets you preview platform changes in flight and test any impact that changes might have on the apps and websites your workforce relies on. Bonus: it can also help your support team anticipate questions employees may have about new features once changes migrate from the Beta to Stable channels. Check out this support page to learn more on how to switch between software channels.

4. Consider using managed Google Play to boost productivity with mobile apps.

Managed Google Play on Chrome OS can be a useful tool for employees. By providing access to Android apps on supported devices, users get access to a wider range of software to help them be productive—like Microsoft office, Evernote and many others.

You don’t need to grant access to the full Google Play Store—you can whitelist specific Android apps in the Chrome management console. You can also configure Chrome OS devices to automatically install certain apps if that’s a requirement. And it may make sense to create an intake process like a Google Form to easily capture app requests so  you can quickly review.

5. Evaluate if you are equipping your workforce with the right technology

Employees use their devices in different ways, often with different needs. Some employees want a travel device. Others need access to data while they’re in the field. Still others want a device that allows them to collaborate and be productive without disruptions. We designed Chromebooks to be cloud-native devices with functionality that meets a broad range of needs. All Chrome devices, for example, have front-facing cameras and are now standardized on USB-C, so you don’t have to carry multiple chargers. Storage can happen in the cloud, so you don’t have to worry about device memory. And there are a wide variety of form factors so you have the choice of the best model for the job.

More to come

We hope this helped you determine the best deployment strategy for your organization. There’ll be more updates to come, plus stories from other businesses that have deployed Chrome in their organizations—and what they learned. In the meantime, you can get started by reading about Chrome Device Deployment or browsing our Quick Start Guide.

Google Cloud, por qué probarlo?

Choosing a cloud computing deployment model and a reliable cloud provider can be a daunting task. Although AWS is the leading cloud platform today, it is intimidating to get started with. There are so many services, and the services are sometimes quite hard to use. In 2018, there are over 20 categories and 90-plus services that AWS has to offer (including several lesser-known ones). Google Cloud, on the other hand, has made it very easy to get started and to keep using the platform. Google offers strong value and has momentum in its favor. Whether you’re planning to get started with your business on the cloud or evaluating a change in your current cloud deployment strategy, there are good reasons why some of the features of Google Cloud are top-notch and easy to use at the same time.

Free Tier

The Google Cloud Platform Free Tier provides you with a massive opportunity to learn and use Google Cloud Platform. You can try many products for free, giving you the ability to test and develop with these products. Once you get started there is no turning back. The ease on every element of Google Cloud will get you up and running right away.

Free trial

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The free trial is a one-time introduction to the platform for new customers where Google Cloud gives each account a $300 credit to spend over a period of one year. As you get started you’d be looking to migrate data and transition from your old infrastructure to Google Cloud. For this situation, migration tools make a big difference. Google Cloud Platform provides tools you can use to migrate files, data, and databases to Google Cloud Platform and in this way saves you time.

Better pricing

Unlike other cloud vendors that bill by the hour, Google bills in minute-level increments and you only pay for the compute time and resources you use. The best part is that Google gives you discounted prices for long-running workloads with zero upfront commitment. Use VMs or any service for a month and you get a discount. The “Low to No” pricing system makes it perfect for startups and for enterprise IT looking to cut costs. Instances are simply lower in cost on Google Cloud Platform. AWS has similar discounts but only if you commit to using an instance over the long term. So with AWS, you get discounts along with lock-in, which isn’t ideal. When it comes to Google Cloud Platform you basically get more for less, without any lock-in.

Tutorials to get you started

Google Cloud offers simple and step-by-step tutorials to learn and make the best of the platform. From quick-start guides and sample projects, you can find it all. Short tutorials are available to help you get started with different cloud platform products, services, and APIs. Tutorials that consist of 60-second videos help you learn everything from how to add APIs to a Cloud Platform project to how to create a bucket with the Google Cloud storage browser. You can get right into coding with the sample projects that demonstrate how to use popular and powerful Google Cloud Platform products and features. While basic tutorials on tools and libraries to enhance developer productivity on Google Cloud are also available, additional resources that include in-depth tutorials to combine the platform’s features and services for business solutions. The beauty of these tutorials is that many of them are as easy as point and click and require no typing or copy-and-pasting. This is what makes Google Cloud really stand out from the competition that does have tutorials, but ones that are more complex.

Fully managed infrastructure

Managed virtual machines are sort of a cross between IaaS and PaaS. You can program managed virtual machines to run on a specific operating system (OS) with certain ready-to-go applications that can be managed and changed without any hassle. The managed VM service checks the virtual machines and ensures that they are configured to the correct specifications, while necessary upgrades are conducted during the life of the VM. Managed VMs is a handy tool that gives Ops teams the ability to create virtual machine types that are customized to their specific use cases. This brings better coordination between teams and faster workflows.

On a similar note, Google App Engine takes a completely managed approach to not just VMs, but the entire infrastructure. It is Google Cloud’s PaaS solution, giving you hassle-free application delivery where you don’t need to manage any cloud instances. Google App Engine now supports microservices, SQL and NoSQL databases, load balancing, memcache, search, versioning, security scanning, and so much more.

CloudShell for simplicity

Google Cloud Shell provides you command-line access to your cloud resources directly from your browser. You can conveniently manage your projects and resources without the need to install the Google Cloud SDK or other tools for that matter. With Cloud Shell, multiple utilities are always available, up to date and fully authenticated when you need them. You can now enjoy access to a wide range of pre-configured developer tools like Go, PHP, Java, Ruby, etc. Google Cloud Shell also allows you to run your web applications inside the Cloud Shell instance and preview them from the browser. You can commit it back to your repo with the preconfigured Git and Mercurial clients. Google Cloud Shell provides you the ability to do more than just “Google Cloud.” It also offers 5GB of persistent disk storage that is mounted as your $HOME directory on the Cloud Shell instance, giving you a free playground to experiment in.

Deep focus on coding

Google Cloud computing puts coding first and everything else later. It encourages an efficient use of time by devoting most of the important cycles to code and lesser in configuring infrastructure at the end of the day. Keeping that in mind, you do not need to think about reliability, capacity or performance. You can conveniently go from prototypes to production and ultimately to planet-scale within no time. Google Cloud’s focus on coding has made creating, maintaining, and scaling cloud applications much easier than before.

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Kubernetes

It is not hard to believe that Google is a big user of containers. Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration platform that Google has created for the benefit of the world of software delivery. Today, Kubernetes is at the center of the container revolution. Kubernetes is a management framework that helps schedule how containers are created and used. This gives you the ability to take care of applications automatically as Kubernetes manages containers across various virtual machines. Google Cloud provides upstream Kubernetes with industry-first features like auto upgrades for every version without downtime. Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) is a leader in container operations and makes it easy to get started, not just with Google Cloud, but with containers too.

New at this? Fewer worries with Google Cloud

Google Cloud offers the services that you need and so much more. With top-of-the-line services, free trials, and budget-friendly prices, Google Cloud gives you the ability to explore, try, and choose the ideal services that you need, and puts the ball in your court. You can start cloud computing without worrying about complex user interfaces, dashboards or confusing manuals. Google Cloud takes you through every element, one step at a time and provides you with reliable services that you can trust. If you’re a newbie thinking about cloud computing, think Google Cloud.

Source: http://techgenix.com

Look renovado de Office 365 #userexperience

Microsoft Office 365 se renueva con un look más simple

Microsoft está retocando Office 365 para mejorar la experiencia de trabajo de millones de clientes.

Esta semana, la compañía anunció que está trabajando en un nuevo diseño de interfaz de sus aplicaciones de Office, como Word, Excel, PowerPoint y Outlook. Hacerlo más simple y fluido: el objetivo.

Customer focused approach

El plan de Microsoft es llevar su sistema de diseño Fluent Design –lanzado el año pasado– a las aplicaciones online de Office.com y las herramientas de escritorio de Office en los próximos meses.

En principio, no se trata de grandes cambios drásticos, sino pequeñas mejoras en las animaciones, íconos y barras para que la interfaz de las aplicaciones sea más limpia, despejada, y fácil de usar. “Usamos un diseño empático, centrado en el ser humano“, adelantó Jon Friedman, diseñador jefe de Microsoft Office.

¿Qué tipos de cambios? Por ejemplo, la barra de control se reduce de tres líneas a una; los iconos se renuevan con más color y contraste; y la función de búsqueda nos sugerirá más resultados inteligentes; entre otros.

Sin embargo, los usuarios que prefieran la vista tradicional aún pueden expandir la cinta simplificada y obtener esa vista completa. De hecho, Microsoft adelantó que está siendo particularmente cuidadoso en no enfurecer a sus usuarios, como cuando lanzó Windows 8 sin Menú de Inicio (ver también: Vuelve el Menú de Inicio a Windows).

“Los usuarios tienen una gran cantidad de ‘memoria muscular’ alrededor de estas versiones, por lo que planeamos ser especialmente cuidadosos con los cambios que podrían interrumpir su trabajo. Todavía no estamos listos para llevar la “cinta” simplificada a estas versiones porque creemos que primero necesitamos más comentarios de un conjunto más amplio de usuarios. Pero cuando lo hagamos, los usuarios siempre podrán volver a la cinta clásica con un solo clic”, destacó la compañía.

 

 

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