Pano Logic Offers Simplicity

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It doesn’t matter if you call it PC-over-IP, zero footprint PC, zero-client computing or just plain dumb terminal computing, the computing endpoint is undergoing a major change. Virtual desktop infrastructure from Wyse Technology, Pano Logic and Teradici may soon eliminate conventional PCs.

Pano Logic is a relative newcomer—founded in 2007 with the singular goal of offering a device that works with virtual desktop technology called the Pano Device. The concept behind Pano Device is relatively simple; replace desktop PCs with the Pano Device, run VDI in the server room and install the Pano Desktop Service software on the virtual machines. Management is done through the Pano Manager software.

Of course, there are a few prerequisites, such as virtual infrastructure from VMware; the company recommends using VMware’s ESX Server, and users will also need the backroom hardware to effectively run virtual desktops. This usually means high-end blade servers or multiprocessor servers. Luckily, these expensive prerequisites can be quickly offset by the cost savings of not having to buy desktop PCs, and the overhead costs of maintaining desktop PCs.

One other important requirement comes in the form of bandwidth; Pano recommends a direct LAN connection of 100M bps or more between the Pano devices and the supporting servers to avoid problems from network latency and bandwidth limitations. Pano warns against the use of Pano devices for full multimedia or graphically intensive applications, such as CAD/CAM or full-screen video. These limitations may impact the viability of the product in environments where PC-based VOIP, video conferencing and other popular services are used.

Pano Logic does achieve something unique with its device and software by eliminating the need for any proprietary hardware in the server room and reducing the client component to a small device that only uses 3 watts of power and supports USB connectivity.

Pano Logic’s starter kit ($1,954), which includes five Pano devices, five client licenses, a Pano Manger License and one year of support and updates, makes it easy to adopt this zero-client solution.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com