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Pano Logic Expands VMware Support with New Release of Virtual Desktop System

Pano Logic, the leader in virtual desktops, today announced the newest version of their desktop virtualization solution, Pano System 2.7. The new release provides IT administrators with new policy-based installation and remote management capabilities, as well as increased scalability, making deploying and managing virtual desktops much easier.  This release also adds support for the new VMware’s vSphere 4 virtualization infrastructure. 

“Our customers are looking for ways to leverage their existing virtual infrastructures that will save them time and money,” said Steve Kaplan, Vice President, Data Center Virtualization at INX, Inc.  “The companies where we are bringing in the Pano System are extremely happy with the results and are seeing significant savings in both the initial deployment costs and in the ongoing support and management of the virtual desktops.  Pano Logic’s new release will offer IT departments even greater benefits with its support for the latest VMware products and with improvements that will help them scale up their deployments.” 

New features of Pano System 2.7:

Pano System 2.7 offers a number of new features which enhance or enable new capabilities for:

  • Updates to supported VMware infrastructure:  added support for the new VMware vSphere 4 ESX, ESXi and vCenter Server 4 components along with continuing support VMware VI3 and VMware View Manager 3.1.
  • Increased Scalability: making scalability easier to implement and twice as fast when using VMware vCenter to scale out virtual desktop architectures;
  • Policy-based installs and updates: performing group policy installs and updates of the Pano Direct Service seamlessly and automatically, and allowing for Pano Manager to also be updated from within the administrator interface;
  • Remote user logoff and disconnect commands: enabling administrators to use the Pano Manager interface to logoff and disconnect users accessing their desktop virtual machines (DVMs) via Pano Devices for one-console management; and,
  • Expanded USB device support: broader support for USB devices using native Windows drivers.

“Pano System 2.7 improves the user experience, and further simplifies how IT administrators can manage their virtual desktops,” said Aly Orady, CTO of Pano Logic. “Our goal is to make the deployment and set up of the Pano System as fast and seamless as possible, and the new release helps us achieve this by supporting vSphere, Pano Logic allows customer to leverage their vSphere cloud infrastructure that they already use for their server to gain the same benefits on their desktops as well..  We are also pleased to introduce the new black color for the Pano Device, giving our customers choices to help fit into a wide range of desktop settings.”

Availability and Pricing

Pano System 2.7, including the Pano Device and backend software, is available now with pricing starting at $329 per desktop for the current chrome finish Pano Device – it is also now available with the Pano Device in a black finish at just $319 per desktop   The optional Pano Remote USB key provides remote access to Pano virtual desktops and is priced at $35 per user.  The Pano System running on VMware’s new vSphere 4 Essentials editions can provide a complete virtual desktop offering for under $500 per desktop.  For more information, contact 1-650-454-8953 or visit www.panologic.com.

About the Pano System

The Pano System includes zero-client endpoint devices and the virtual machine and management software components required to leverage your existing virtual infrastructure to support centralized virtual desktops. The key components of the solution are the:

  • Pano Device – Winner of the prestigious red dot award for design, the Pano device is a true zero-client with nothing to manage or maintain at the user endpoint. The Pano device connects keyboard, mouse, display, audio and USB peripherals over an existing IP network to a virtual instance of Windows XP running on a VMware ESX or ESXi server. The Pano device provides significant power savings, consuming only 3% of the energy used by traditional desktop computers.
  • Pano Manager – A web-based management interface, deployed as a virtual machine in the data center on your VMware Infrastructure which enables administrators to automate virtual desktop deployment and management by integrating with existing directory services and VMware vCenter Server.
  • Pano Desktop Service – A lightweight service residing within each Windows desktop virtual machine that links display, audio, and USB peripherals attached to the Pano device to the unmodified native Windows drivers in the virtual machine.
  • Pano Remote – An optional remote access tool for Pano virtual desktops delivered on a USB key, Pano Remote allows users to securely access their Pano desktops from any Windows XP or Vista computer. It uses standard Internet protocols to communicate to the bundled Pano Gateway portal, providing encrypted communications without the need for complex and costly VPN software or hardware.
Published Monday, July 13, 2009 6:01 AM by David Marshall
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