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ceBox Workspace VS ChromeOS: The Complete Comparison

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Virtualization and management of workstations are two key technologies that can help companies improve their efficiency and productivity. Virtualization allows multiple operating systems and applications to run on a single machine, which can reduce infrastructure and operating costs. Desktop management allows companies to control and manage their employees' workstations, which can improve safety and productivity.

Today, in the business world, two modes of operation stand out. In the first case, companies opt for environments based on well-known distributions such as Windows, Mac OS, ChromeOS and Linux. These distributions are managed using tools such as MECM (e.g. SCCM), Ivanti Lan Desk, MDT, WSUS, especially for Windows systems. In the second case, companies are turning to virtual environments or virtual applications, exploiting solutions such as Windows 365, Vmware Horizon, ceBox Workspace and Citrix. Here, two distinct technological approaches are emerging, one based on a classic distribution and the other on virtualization or containerization tools. This duality within the enterprise IT ecosystem offers crucial choices for resource and application management.

In this article, we will see how ChromeOS and ceBox Workspace are reflected in this new ecosystem.


What are the distinctions between ceBox Workspace and ChromeOS? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each solution? How to choose between ceBox Workspace and ChromeOS to best meet your requirements?


ceBox Workspace and ChromeOS: Two Distinct Approaches to Operating Systems

ChromeOS is an operating system developed and designed by Google based on Linux. It uses the Google Chrome web browser as its primary user interface and integrates a library of web applications. Unlike the open source project associated with it, ChromiumOS, ChromeOS can only be installed on machines built by Google and its partners, such as Chromebooks or Chromeboxes. 


ceBox Workspace is a versatile and customizable solution, based on a prepared and secure environment. Designed for easy and secure desktop virtualization and management, ceBox works on a wide range of devices, including desktops and laptops.

Moreover, it is a hybrid product which integrates part of the technology into the distribution installed on your computer, while the other part is in the cloud. 

ceBox has the ability to position itself in both worlds by providing a virtualized Windows or Linux environment, while offering the possibility of having containerized applications such as a web browser or an office suite. What, in itself, offers the flexibility to choose between the virtual environment and the application portal.


Hardware Flexibility, Virtualization and Other ceBox Benefits 

ChromeOS is only available on Chromebooks, except for ChromeOS Flex clients. This is a version of ChromeOS that can be installed on desktops and laptops other than Chromebooks. However, ceBox Workspace has very strong hardware compatibility, and can be installed on a wide choice of desktop or laptop with the minimum required configuration. 

In addition, ceBox Workspace offers support to companies wishing to migrate to the full Web while still having a considerable number of heavy applications. It’s very simple, ceBox Workspace gives its customers the opportunity to simultaneously maintain a Windows environment with heavy clients and an application portal.

Another advantage for ceBox Workspace, it allows the deployment and management of several virtualized environments on a single machine, without resorting to a cloud infrastructure or service. This feature provides freedom and efficiency in developing, testing and running applications, without relying on an external infrastructure.

To go further, ceBox Workspace offers specific features that make it more suitable than ChromeOS for certain usage scenarios. It perfectly meets the needs of non-SaaS application domains and environments requiring virtualization or “Read Only” mode.


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ChromeOS VS. ceBox Workspace: Read Only and Security Mode 

ChromeOS does not allow running native virtual machines for client-server applications that have been developed for a Windows or Mac environment. It does not offer read-only mode for scenarios involving multiple users or for shared access devices, but it does offer a guest mode and allows secure support for multiple users.

With ceBox Workspace, you get better adaptability to SaaS applications, such as client-server software or other professional software. Virtualization of your machines is done locally on ceBox Workspace, which gives you the opportunity to create a Master containing the professional software needed by your teams. On the other hand, the read-only mode in ceBox Workspace is perfectly suited for multi-agent use cases or open access devices. In other words, ceBox Workspace is capable of providing read-only or persistent virtual environments to meet the needs of all businesses.

Yet another significant advantage, in case of attack or major problem occurred on your machines, ceBox Workspace offers the possibility of returning to the previous version with ease and security. In the context of a training center activity for example, in the event of a viral attack that has spread to all the stations of your computer room; you have the opportunity to make a Rollback with one clic on all your machines running on ceBox! The deployment of the new virtual machine executed locally is done in a few minutes, and in a few minutes, you have a training room with brand new PCs!


Learn more: ceBox for training centers 


To summarize ceBox Workspace is distinguished by its ability to meet the requirements of companies and professionals, offering significant advantages over ChromeOS. ceBox is particularly suitable for users who work with non-SaaS applications, which means they can run software essential to their business. In addition, ceBox Workspace allows native virtualization, facilitating the creation and management of multiple environments on the same machine, without the need for cloud infrastructure.

Another major asset of ceBox Workspace is its function Read Only, which enhances system security and stability, especially useful in professional environments. 

However, ChromeOS is primarily focused on using cloud-based applications and is optimized for Chromebooks. Although it is suitable for certain needs, it offers a different approach and is more suited to different use cases.

The choice between ceBox Workspace and ChromeOS will largely depend on the specific needs of the user or company. For those who work with on-premises applications, need native virtualization, demand a higher level of security, and also want to have cloud technology at their disposal, ceBox Workspace is the best choice.


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