Managing Macs at Google Scale


Clay Caviness and Edward Eigerman, Google Inc.


Google 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.

Clay Caviness has been a Mac and UNIX systems engineer since the early 90s and was thrilled when NeXT bought Apple. He only recently stopped running BSD on a Quadra at home. Clay has worked in advertising and technology companies since 1996 and currently works for Google in New York City.

Edward Eigerman has worked in IT, primarily with Macs, since 1988. He worked as an engineer for Apple for several years and later as an independent consultant, where his clients included The New York Times, Major League Baseball, NASA, and Jon Stewart. He currently works for Google in New York City.

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