Desktop virtualization vendor Pano Logic this week announced two new one-step virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offerings that the company says were specifically tailored for small and mid-sized businesses: the Pano Express SMB and the Pano Express HA.
Pano Logic sells its flavor of desktop virtualization solution implemented using its Pano Zero Client hardware. Measuring just 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches, the one-pound device consumes a maximum of 6.5 watts and physically connects keyboard, mouse, speaker and up to two monitors to a virtual desktop over Fast Ethernet. The reliability of its hardware and ease of maintenance is a source of considerable pride to Pano Logic, which states on its Pano Zero Clients product page that the hardware has "no CPU, no memory, no operating system, no drivers, no software" and "no moving parts."
A practical advantage would be heightened security given the lack of anything in the Pano Zero Client to hack, as well as the various well-established advantages inherent to a VDI environment. Yet despite Pano Logic's support for every major hypervisor platform on the market today, the challenge for SMBs is really about the unavoidable complexity of properly integrating everything together.
With support for up to 30 clients, the Pano Express SMB is sold as a turnkey installation. It includes a preconfigured server in the form of a HP DL360 G7 server with dual 2.4GHz, six-core Intel CPUs, fault-tolerant disk arrays and redundant power supplies. The bundle includes the appropriate number of Pano Zero Client hardware, as well as the requisite software already installed and preconfigured, such as Microsoft Windows Server 2008, VMware vSphere 4 virtualization software and Pano Manager. (Note that the appropriate Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) licenses will need to be separately acquired. Three years warranty for both server and client hardware is included.)
According to ZDNet, Pano Express SMB has support for up to 30 concurrent users running Windows XP or Windows 7 virtual desktop with 2GB of RAM per user. A DHCP server is required, though Microsoft Active Directory is optional. Introduced at the same time, the Pano Express HA uses a Fujitsu server to support between 30 and 60 users. The Pano Express HA bundle also ships with virtual storage software from DataCore for replication and failover.
As reported on The Register, the Pano Express SMB is priced at $30,099 for 30 seats, while the Pano Express HA costs $72,000 for 60 seats.