Q&A | January 20, 2014

SYNNEX, Google Partner To Give VARs Unique Education Sales Opportunity

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By Bernadette Wilson, associate editor, Business Solutions magazine
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Lenovo ThinkPad Chromebook

SYNNEX Corporation is the first distributor in North America to provide the Google Chrome Management Console and related tools and services. This enables authorized resellers — with SYNNEX support — to offer a turnkey solution that brings Chromebooks in a managed environment to their K-12 education customers.

Chromebooks are a viable option for schools. The computers are priced lower than most competitors, and with quick boot up and little need for IT intervention, they preserve more time for classroom instruction. In addition, the Chrome platform lends itself to a secure environment for students, allowing administrators to set domain limits and protect student users and their data with web filters and firewalls. Also, Chromebooks are aligned with the requirements for Common Core State Standards assessments. Eddie Franklin, VP of sales for public sector and vertical markets at SYNNEX, comments that, in some situations, schools may opt for other platforms, but education’s interest in Chromebook is creating an opportunity.

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