Schools love CloudReady By Neverware because it’s great for the environment, repurposes old machines, and it levels the playing field when it comes to device manageability. You see CloudReady is an OS created by New York edtech company Neverware, that essentially turns old Windows laptops into Chromebooks.
It all goes back to 2009 after founder Jonathan Hefter had spent some time as a college intern on Wall Street. It was there that he observed desktop computer turned into terminals that were feeding off one central hub through something called Data Virtualization. So like any good entrepreneur Hefter set out to his parents garage to see if he too could turn old desktop PCs into terminals and run them off a central hub. When he realized he could Neverware was born.
In an earlier iteration of Neverware, Hefter set schools up with a main computer called a JuiceBox that fed to PCs turned into dummy terminals. Then, monitors, keyboards, mice and some of the other innerworkings of the PCs could be used, all operating off the hard drives of the hub.
That all changed in 2014 when Google introduced Chromebooks. Now, schools had a lightweight, much cheaper, reliable, cloud based computer for students to use, making the need for the original Neverware product basically obsolete. So the company pivoted.
Although only Samsung, HP, Toshiba and Lenovo are authorized to offer true Chromebooks, Google makes a version of the OS called Chromium available via open source. The Neverware team was able to take the open source version of Chromium and turn it into a version deployable to education via older Windows PCs. They call this OS, CloudReady.
With CloudReady, which runs under $100 for a lifetime license, schools can quickly turn their stockpile of older, unused PCs into working Chromebook or CloudReady computers. PCs outfitted with CloudReady, run as efficiently as Chromebooks and in some cases better. Teachers and administrators still have all the cloud management options available like they do with other Chromebook deployments. Students use the same software whether they are using a “genuine” Chromebook or a CloudReady device.
CloudReady takes the sting out of a 1:1 deployment by utilizing equipment that may have been heading to auction or the landfill. Now, instead of spending a few hundred dollars per seat, school’s spend under $100 per seat. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Get started repurposing your old Windows Machines, visit with Neverware at FETC 2018 in Orlando, January 23-26th at booth #1745 and at TCEA in Austin February 5-9th, booth #1146 and online at neverware.com