Mac starting to make a real dent
It pays to do your research...
Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth
Google built their own enterprise management system for the Macs called Simian - https://code.google.com/p/simian/ that was based on the open source Munki system. Simian is Munki on steroids built on top of Google Apps engine. They didn't build it from scratch (that would be an insult to the developers who've worked on Munki).
Why did Google do that when there were numerous available 3rd-party enterprise management tools available for the Mac (Casper Suite, Absolute Manage, SCCM w/plugins, Munki, Altiris, FileWave, Puppet, etc.). Just why would Google spend all of that effort on Simian? Was it because "Apple never supports us"? No, it was because one of the biggest software development companies in the world didn't want to pay huge sums of money for software licensing for a system it was capable of building itself and fully controlling and customising to their whim.
Apple doesn't provide Enterprise-level management tools (at this scale) and doesn't pretend to do so. They let other companies do this and make a good living doing it. Apple killing off their server and storage products a few years ago might have been a pretty good clue on this one.
Actually, Google decided to move from Windows to a Linux backend and Mac on the desktop AFTER the 2009 China hack, which apparently targeted Windows vulnerabilities. But, keep on believing that Google just has the "shiny, shiny syndrome" if you are so inclined.
They stated that they use Apple Mac's as the hardware makes their company look more professional and is a perk to a Google employee to have a new Mac. This was a huge news story at one point have you forgotten about all the problems Google have had with Apple?