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Pano Logic Updates Desktop Virtualization Software

Pano Logic has updated its desktop virtualization software. Pano System 6, which turns a PC or laptop into a virtual desktop client, addresses migration issues, security, and support for hypervisors. The primary goal, however, is to address organizations that want to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients to reduce their capital outlays. "Vendor solutions that provide these capabilities are a critical component of many of our clients' desktop transformation plans," said Chris Wolf, research vice president at Gartner.

The new release introduces a software client, Pano Virtual Client (PVC), which acts as a "replacement shell" over a local Windows operating system, to convert the computer into a Pano endpoint device. That computer can then work alongside Pano Zero Client or Pano Remote devices and be managed from a central point. The Pano System works with VMware's vSphere, Citrix's XenServer, and Microsoft's Hyper-V.

A Pano Zero Client is a small hardware-only gadget that has no CPU, no memory, no operating system, nor software. It simply acts as means for connecting input-output devices, such as a keyboard, mouse, display, and audio output. All operating system and application functions are delivered from a hypervisor server.

Pano Remote is a USB key that can be plugged into a Windows laptop or desktop computer to allow the user to access his or her Pano virtual desktop remotely. This product has been updated with support for RSA SecurID to provide optional two-factor authentication for remote users. Administrators may decide that along with a name and password, the remote worker also needs to enter additional proof of authentication.

The new Pano System is updated to support the latest virtual desktop infrastructure products, including VMware View 5.0.1, Citrix XenDesktop through 5.6, and XenServer through 6.0.2.

It also includes an updated display driver that gives administrators the option of choosing the Windows display driver model (WDDM) or the XP display driver model (XPDM) in Windows 7 desktop virtual machines. The intent here is to simplify desktop virtual machine installations and updates, and it provides for the use of default WDDM drivers when installing both VMware and Citrix client tools.

Version 6.0 also is more generous in its licensing requirements for short pilots and proof-of-concept projects.

"The computers in our school district range in age from one to six or more years old. So while we were able to replace 300 PCs with Pano Logic zero client computing, we had to wait to expand the deployment until we were able to afford to replace more," said Todd Freer, supervisor of technology services at California's Woodland Joint Unified School District. "With the new [Pano Virtual Client] we were able to repurpose our existing computers, and we can start migrating more users onto virtual desktops. We can also start saving more time and money on updates, rollouts, and overall management by controlling users centrally."

"Organizations are marching steadily into a post-PC world and with gathering speed. But as with any radical change, many IT managers need a period of transition to prepare themselves, their users, and their environments to support server-based computing," John Kish, president and CEO of Pano Logic, said. "The Pano Virtual Client helps facilitate a staggered rollout and lets a host of new organizations immediately begin centralizing computing on the Pano System and taking advantage of the most cost-effective desktop virtualization solution on the market."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a writer who covers technology and business for a number of publications. Contact her at dian@dischaffhauser.com.

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