Google Chrome OS and Grab & Go | Agosto CloudUp Ep08

Google Chrome OS and Grab & Go | Agosto CloudUp Ep08


– With Google Chrome OS and Grab and Go, it’s basically like a
roaming machine, right? Like it doesn’t matter
what machine it’s on, anytime I, or any machine I grab, I’m going to get all my
information pulled directly now. – So it doesn’t matter if I
come out and take the first one, or the 12th one, or the sixth one? – Yeah any single device,
you’re gonna log in, all of your information’s gonna be there. (swooshing) – On this episode of CloudUp we’re talking about this guy. – And no, it is not Johnny Five. (pulsing electronic music) – So Rion, what is Google’s Grab and Go? – Grab and Go is a program
that has a bunch of laptops, or whatever Chrome
devices, sorry, are ready and available for you
to use, no matter what. – Uh what does the set-up time look like? I mean does the IT
person have to come over to like get me logged in
or anything like that? – Nope, set-up time is nil, they’re literally ready
to go, waiting for you. – That’s awesome. So anyone at the organization
at any point can come up and just pull one of these books out and use it as their device? – Correct. You can walk up to the device, unlock the shelf, open up the device. Just open it up, log right in
with your network credentials and basically all of your
profile will then come down. – Okay. – Really the only thing
you have to do is decide how long you want to keep the device. Which, I mean, for some people could be a difficult challenge. But I have faith. – So I’m an employee that
just trying to get the kids in the car and just forgot
to throw my backpack in. Laptop is sitting on the couch at home. I can, this is a great solution, right? – Yep. – What if I left it at the bar last night? – Grab it! – What if, what if my kid
dropped it off the table? – Punishment. Grab it! – What if I lost the charger? – Uh, grab it. – What if I want to bike to work? – Leave that laptop at home and grab it! I’ll tell you that the
reasons are endless, right, but this is always here ready and waiting. – Cool. Even if it’s my
Windows machine decided it was time for a two hour update? And I have a presentation in ten minutes? – Absolutely. – Yeah. – Especially with G
Suite products, you know. You keep your stuff on Drive. As soon as you login,
the magic of the cloud. – What if I’m on Office 365? – That’s fine too, we don’t discriminate. You can install the Android
apps for Office right onto the devices themselves. They operate a lot like
Microsoft Office products you have on your desktop today. – Cool. So Rion, I know you used
to work in Windows and in other OS’s as well. Has it always been this
simple to just grab a device? – Absolutely not. – Like how does this
work in a previous life? – Uh, previously it would
typically be like whatever laptop we had lying around
because it was available. – So I got the old one. – Ready to be recycled, exactly. – So, uh, then I’d spent two
hours setting up a profile for you, installing the software
you’d need on it, right. – So you got to push, you got to image it, put the security suite on it. – Yeah. So I mean it’s
minimum two hour investment. Probably closer to three
cause it’s probably an old laptop, slow, so it’s
going to take even longer. And then I’d hand it to
you, and you’d maybe get another one back in a week or two whenever we had a new one ordered. – Wow, okay. – Um, the thing I like to tell people that are new to this,
especially Chrome OS in general, Windows admins back in the day we’d have roaming profiles. Which were great in theory. In reality they were horrendous, right. Cause not every single
machine was the same. You wouldn’t have the same
applications so it just, it was a disaster. Well with Google Chrome OS and Grab and Go it’s basically like a
roaming machine, right. Like it doesn’t matter
what machine it’s on. Any machine I grab I’m going
to get all my information pulled directly now. – So it doesn’t matter if come
out and take the first one or the twelfth one or the sixth one? – Well I mean if the sixth one’s dead, like the battery is dead. – Like someone else has put it back on and – Yeah, that’s about the only
worry you’re going to have. – Yeah. – Yep. Otherwise we’ve got any single device, you’re going to login and
all of your information is going to be there. – And then from an IT
perspective, do I need to worry about coming over here and
making sure that people forgot to, no one ever
remembers to delete their stuff. But do I need to like go
through and check all these? – Depending on how you
have it configured, no. Most of our customers that
we’ve been doing this for, we set up what’s called Ephemeral Mode. So as soon as that machine
or that user logs out their profile is then
wiped from the device. – So at that point it’s,
when they hit Sign-out it’s blown away, ready
for the next person. – Correct. Yeah. – Okay. So it’s literally something
that I don’t really have to touch? – No. – What kind of feedback are
we getting from some customers that we’ve set up Grab and Go for? – Actually the feedback
has been awesome so far. One of our customers that we
set it up for, they’re using it in their break fix department. So like all their techs in there. Everybody in their, or whenever
they break their machine or whatever, goes down to the tech depot. Tech pulls out a Grab
and Go loaner for them, hands that to them and while they’re working on their machine. The funny thing is, is like
one out of every five users wants to keep the Chromebook
as their primary machine. – That’s great. – So in other words, like
if you don’t have Chrome OS in your network today this
is a great way to try it out. – So you could almost think
about, if I’m maybe in IT or a security person, um,
that really likes the idea of Chromebooks but doesn’t
want everyone dragging and kicking and screaming to Chrome. This could be a really
good, uh, low resistance way to give people an option to
try out Chromebook and see if it could be something
they could see themselves working from? – Absolutely. I think you could almost say it’s like, almost like car2go, right? Like maybe you always thought
you wanted a little Mini or whatever and some stage
just went and got car2go for a little while and drove it around, decided you didn’t, um,
because it was a Mini. Um, but this you can take it
for free, know what I mean. – Try before you buy. – Yeah, exactly. – If I want to install this
onto Chromebooks or set up my own Grab and Go, how do I do that? – Contact Agosto. (chuckling) – What does it look like
if I contact Agosto, how do we help customers? – We help them out by doing,
it’s kind of like a three step approach, right. So we’ve got to install the
Grab and Go web app engine. – Okay. – Then we’ll create the Chrome
app that will then publish to your company’s web store. – So it’s a Grab and Go
that’s specific to me. – Correct, it’s private to your company. And then the last piece is
just configuring some policies on some custom O.U.’s
that need to be created for Grab and Go to run. – Go it. So it doesn’t then interfere
with my other Chrome website that I have running in other use cases. – Correct, correct. It’s sandboxing if you will. – Got it, cool. – And that will do it for
today’s episode of CloudUp. – Let us know in the
comments what you think about Grab and Go, and if you
have any addition questions. You might even get a free piece of swag. (upbeat music)

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