Managing Macs at Google Scale

Google LogoGoogle has one of the largest managed fleets of Macintosh computers in the world. With tens of thousands of assets to manage and an ever-changing security landscape, the organization has had to develop many of its own tools to effectively maintain its fleet and keep its end-users safe and productive. Macintosh Operations is the internal team tasked with developing these tools and managing these machines globally.

Interesting deck and audio shared at the Lisa ’13 conference earlier this month by Clay Caviness and Edward Eigerman, discussing how Google manages its large estate of 43,000 OS X systems.  (Sadly it is not available on YouTube or Slideshare and cannot be embedded here.)

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!
  • As an aside, this deck reminds me of Google’s apps themselves – some great content, but oh my, so ugly…