In 2010, Jonathan Hefter set out on a mission driven by the question, “How can students, teachers and consumers get the experience of using a new, powerful computer without buying one?”
Neverware’s first product, PCReady, took desktop virtualization and streamlined it for the school environment, powering thousands of old computers across New York City schools and turning closets of old hardware into powerful, usable machines. However, establishing leadership in the desktop operating system space meant evolving with it.
In 2015, to help schools keep pace with the cloud-computing revolution, we developed CloudReady: a lightweight operating system built on the same foundation as Google's Chrome OS, but able to run on almost any hardware. CloudReady enables schools and enterprise organizations alike to transform the PCs and Macs they already own into secure, fast machines that can be managed using Google's Chrome Device Management capabilities. More than 1000 school districts, including the New York City Department of Education, in all 50 US states now use CloudReady to power their education initiatives.
Along the way, as we grew and evolved, so too did the scope of the challenges CloudReady could solve. As organizations increasingly move to the cloud, the need for a new computing environment—one designed for the cloud, with security, manageability, and ease of use baked in rather than added after the fact—has only grown more obvious and more urgent. In 2017, we announced CloudReady: VDI Edition, a new solution designed to simplify, secure, and streamline the management of end user devices used to access virtual desktop infrastructure in enterprise organizations.
And in October 2017, we announced the launch of our Series B round of funding, with Google leading the way as our initial investor. Their investment in us allows us to grow and scale to meet the enterprise market need while also continuing to nurture and expand our strong foothold in the education market.
Today, CloudReady is used on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world for education, enterprise, and individuals via our Education, Enterprise, VDI, and Home Editions.
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