Pano Logic, the leader in zero client desktop virtualization, today announced the release of Pano System 3.5, which adds support for Microsoft Hyper-V alongside VMware, creating the only hypervisor-indifferent desktop virtualization platform.
Pano Logic, the Industry’s Only Zero Client Desktop Virtualization Solution, Expands Open Platform with Hyper-V Support; Champions Customer Independence
Pano System 3.5 Adds Microsoft Hyper-V Support Alongside VMware
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – October 6, 2010 – Pano Logic, the leader in zero client desktop virtualization, today announced the release of Pano System 3.5, which adds support for Microsoft Hyper-V alongside VMware, creating the only hypervisor-indifferent desktop virtualization platform. This release provides IT managers with new levels of choice and flexibility in building virtual desktop infrastructures without costly and complex protocol limitations. Pano System 3.5 delivers on the promise of cloud computing by removing the endpoint device from the equation, while paving the way for a PC-like user experience.
With Pano System 3.5, IT managers can finally choose the hypervisor platform that best meets the requirements of their diverse end user audience and existing infrastructure without having to factor in endpoint device compatibility. This solves a significant challenge IT managers face when moving to desktop virtualization, alleviating the management drain, complexity and creeping costs associated with reconfigured terminal services technology. Today’s thin clients, veiled as zero clients, still contain firmware at the endpoint, and are built to support a protocol that is tied to a specific hypervisor platform, limiting end user choice and flexibility. This neither delivers on the promise of virtualization nor cloud computing, and it locks customers into complex, short term solutions.
With the zero client Pano Device, which contains no operating system, software, storage or moving parts and is purpose-built for virtualization, the IT manager may change the supporting hypervisor, yet utilize the same device and the same desktop virtualization software. Pano System 3.5, which includes the zero client device and all the software needed to support the device, can support both Hyper-V and VMware hypervisors, provided each is hosted in a separate server environment.
In addition, by adding support for Hyper-V to its software, Pano Logic is able to bring the benefits of zero client computing to a broader set of customers and markets while leveraging the Microsoft services and support channels valued by many end users. Pano System 3.5 also enables end users to build upon their prior experience with a specific platform or continue to leverage licenses they have already purchased.
Additional Features of Pano System 3.5:
The new release continues to strengthen Pano Logic’s integration with VMware. Pano System 3.5 supports the latest version of VMware vSphere 4.1 and includes support for ESX/ESXi 4.1 and vCenter Server 4.1. Enhancements include improved idle time and disconnect timeout behavior, and closer integration with vCenter Server and View Connection Server.
The 3.5 release also adds new capabilities for Pano Remote, a secure USB drive that enables end users to access their desktop virtual machines using any computer with an internet connection. Users who have been provided with multiple virtual desktops may now select a specific DVM when utilizing Pano Remote.
“With the addition of Hyper-V support, we’re now able to respond to an entirely new segment of customer demand for the huge reductions in computing TCO that Pano Logic delivers,” said Aaron Schneider, Principal of Helixstorm, a Pano Logic reseller. “Microsoft has achieved significant traction with Hyper-V and businesses are seeking to extend to the desktop the savings and simplicity they’re now enjoying with their new virtualization infrastructures. Adding this support alongside VMware, and supporting them simultaneously if the customer requires it, opens up a whole new ballgame.”
“Pano Logic built its technology to accommodate expanded end user choice and laid the foundation from the beginning to support the leading hypervisors based on customer demand,” said John Kish, CEO of Pano Logic. “We’re fielding accelerated interest from Hyper-V users in our solution and we responded with support. What this means is that with our Pano System, the endpoint device no longer dictates the infrastructure decisions IT managers must make when deciding what’s best for their organizations. Allowing desktop and infrastructure independence makes deploying and managing desktop virtualization even simpler.”
“Pano System 3.5 delivers on the promise of cloud computing by removing the endpoint device from the equation, while paving the way for a PC-like end user experience,” continued Kish. “Ubiquitous computing that enables users to access processing from a range of devices means the device should be independent of the supporting infrastructure. Pano Logic has taken the first meaningful step toward providing the architecture that accomplishes this.”
Pano Logic Zero Client Computing:
• Pano Logic solves major problems created by distributed PCs, limited terminal services, and repurposed thin clients or related architectures, while providing end users with the best possible user experience, and IT managers with a simple, open hypervisor-agnostic platform to deliver desktop computing.
• End users connect to their virtual machine via a zero client that contains no processor, no operating system, no memory, no drivers, no firmware, no software and no moving parts. This represents a major paradigm shift away from highly complex and costly PC and thin client architectures.
• Pano Logic’s patent-pending technology, Pano Direct, simplifies a very complex desktop computing environment by virtually stretching the I/O connection over the network enabling the desktop virtual machine to deliver a native Windows desktop, eliminating the need for costly, failure-prone protocols.
• Radical centralization using the Pano Logic zero client platform drastically reduces computing TCO by as much as 80 percent by completely eliminating endpoint management and security risks, and reducing energy consumption by as much as 95%. As a result, companies adopting it can tackle both budgetary and green IT initiatives.
• The Pano zero client platform delivers on the promise of cloud computing by opening the way for a PC-like user experience on endpoints that are completely independent of processor architectures, protocol limitations, and unmanageable software stacks.
The Pano System is a complete end-to end virtual desktop solution which includes the Pano Manager, a virtual machine manager and connection broker, the unique Pano zero client device, and Pano Direct, providing the connection to completely centralized virtual desktops. The Pano System starts a $319 per seat and is also available in a pre-configured, pre-loaded all-in 50-user suite, Pano Express, combining VMware vSphere™ Essentials, Microsoft Windows 7/XP licenses, and HP server and storage hardware with Pano Logic’s award-winning zero client platform.
About Pano Logic
Pano Logic is the leader in Zero Client Desktop Computing. Pano Logic's all-in-one hardware and software solution redefines the delivery and management of end user computing by radically centralizing desktop management. The Pano Logic zero client platform is a complete end-to-end solution purpose-built for desktop virtualization, simplifying the complexity and management of virtual desktops and slashing TCO by as much as 80 percent. The patent-pending Pano Direct technology eliminates the need for costly processing power at the endpoint, making it possible to have an endpoint device that contains NO processor, NO operating system, NO memory, NO drivers, NO firmware, NO software, NOR any moving parts, completely eliminating endpoint management and security breaches. The Pano Device uses less energy than a light bulb, or 97% less than a PC, drastically reducing energy costs for organizations and companies worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.panologic.com