Feeds

Pano Logic woos SMBs with 'one-step' VDI

Size of step may vary

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Desktop virtualization outfit Pano Logic has uncloaked two new server contraptions that feed virtual desktops to its "zero clients", curiously small silver cubes meant to replace big and beefy client PCs.

With these server bundles, the Redwood City, California outfit is wooing all those small- and medium-sized businesses that might need a little help erecting a virtual desktop infrastructure.

On Wednesday, the company introduced Pano Express SMB and Pano Express HA, servers that arrive with all the software you need to operate those little silver cubes, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and VMware vSphere 4 virtualization. The HA incarnation – that's "high availability" – also offers virtual storage software from DataCore that provides replication and failover.

The SMB version is designed to drive up to thirty clients, while the HA bundle is meant for up to sixty. Both ship alongside the client devices.

"These are what we call one-step [virtual desktop infrastructure] solutions, including the storage and the server and the hypervisor and the management tools and the end-point device," executive vice president of marketing Dana Loof tells The Register. "I would call them 'plug-and-play', but we all know that's not a reality."

Well, that's about right. That one step may vary in length.

Pano Logic's pitch is that it "stretches the system bus across the network". In other words, its silver cube clients run no local software, and according to the company, they never require firmware updates. The company says that a recent double-blind study showed that this "zero client" setup outperforms both the P20 and Xenith desktop virtualization clients from Wyse.

Pano Cube

Curiously small cube

The Reg tried the company's taste test this summer, and we actually picked the Wyse P20 over Pano silver cube, but differences were slim. And if you exclude the rather demanding example of video playback, both virtualization clients compared well with a standard desktop PC.

Generally, Pano sells only those silver cubes and the management software they require. But it has sold server bundles in the past. According to Loof, previous bundles included Microsoft VDA ( virtual desktop access) licenses, but these are not included with the new bundles, since most customers, Pano says, already have them.

Pano Express SMB – which uses a server from HP – is priced at $30,099 for 30 seats, while Pano Express HA – a Fujitsu server – is $72,000 for a 60 seats. But the HA incarnation is also available for a smaller number of clients, and that'll cost you less. Prices include the curiously small silver cubes. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.