Possess Google is the Cloudtop virtual desktop program that employees use to access internal programs, and it is a useful solution for companies that want to keep their employees productive while they work from home during the spread of the Corona virus.
However, when cloud customers request Google for a virtual desktop solution, the company refers them to third-party solutions instead.
Google’s approach is in sharp contrast to market leaders Amazon and Microsoft, both of which have their own virtual desktop services, and both have seen a slight increase in use during the pandemic.
For the many companies moving to remote work on a large scale for the first time, relying on cloud providers to handle the infrastructure is easier than keeping administrators on site to manage servers or mail computers to new employees.
After Zoom saw an increase in the number of new customers during the pandemic, the video calling platform company has subscribed to more than 1,000 Amazon WorkSpaces virtual desktops for help desk employees.
AWS said in May: Oil and gas pipeline operator TC Energy has subscribed to Amazon WorkSpaces so employees can work safely from home.
For Microsoft, the boom was so significant that the CEO mentioned it when talking about the company’s quarterly earnings in April.
“Use of Windows Virtual Desktop has tripled this quarter, as organizations deploy virtual desktops and applications across Azure to enable secure remote work,” he said.
Google made Cloudtop available for the first time to employees in 2017, and it aims to help them create programs, interact with internal systems, and communicate through IRC.
The service offers both Linux and Windows desktops, which can be useful for testing source code.
Google published a research paper on its virtual desktop program in 2018, and more than 25 percent of its employees use virtual desktops.
Google has also moved the software to its own public cloud instead of the company’s infrastructure to improve the user experience and reduce the total cost of ownership.
A Google spokesman said: The company is aware of the growing demand for virtual desktops where people work remotely, but it does not currently plan to offer Cloudtop as a cloud service.
Instead, the company is prioritizing third-party offerings in the virtual desktop market.
The spokesperson added: Promoting products from partners gives customers the ability to extend the technologies they use in their data centers to the public cloud, and customers will not be restricted to our service.