Pano Logic Extends True Virtualization to Desktop Computing
Zero-client computer executes applications on the server, reducing TCO and cutting security risks
Pano Logic has announced a new all-hardware device designed specifically for desktop virtualization. Unlike thin clients, the Pano desktop computer has no CPU, no memory, and no operating system. Necessary drivers are installed on the server to which the unit connects.
The end user plugs in a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and network connection; all keyboard and USB traffic is protected using 128-bit AES encryption. USB support enables peripherals such as printers. Policies can be set at granular levels based on user and peripheral type -- IT can prevent users from copying data to local USB-connected storage devices, for example.
All software runs on the server. The company says this reduces desktop TCO by 70 percent or more, saving about $3,150 per desktop over three years, according to its estimates.
Thanks to functionality made possible by server virtualization, Pano’s device provides the end user with a full Microsoft Windows desktop, including use of local printers through drivers enabled on the server. Also, because Pano desktop computers have no software, they require no patch management, Nick Gault, CEO of Pano Logic, told Enterprise Strategies..
The unit is also energy efficient: it consumes only 5 watts, about 3 percent of what a typical PC uses.
“In our Innovation Centers, we focus on finding technologies that will help our worldwide offices be more efficient and productive,” said Robert Keahey, director of IT outsourcing architecture at EDS. “Desktop virtualization represents a huge potential return on investment in terms of increased productivity and security. Pano Logic’s innovative and easy-to-install zero-client solution represents a tremendous technological breakthrough in desktop virtualization.”
There are three parts to the Pano solution: the Pano desktop computer, Pano software services, and VMware virtualization software running on servers. Pano supplies comprehensive technical support covering all three. For customers not currently using virtualization technologies or in need of an entry-level solution, Pano includes an installer that sets up the entire software suite (including VMware Server). Panos can be installed over existing VMware ESX installations.
Pano will be generally available by end of September 2007. Pricing starts at $15 per month (for subscription pricing) or a one-time $300 perpetual license. More information is available at http://www.panologic.com.
James E. Powell is the former editorial director of Enterprise Strategies (esj.com).