Up until now, every form of desktop virtualization required some form of processing capability on the client. But this week at the Google I/O 2012 conference, Pano Logic took desktop virtualization completely to the cloud in the form of a Pano System for Cloud offering that makes the Google Chrome browser available to an end user via the Web.
Rather than replacing other forms for desktop virtualization, Mike Fodor, vice president of customer success for Pano Logic, says Pano Logic sees this approach appealing to organizations that have decided to run their business primarily around software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. In those instances, said Fodor, there really is no processing capability required on the client.
Priced as little as $5 per user based on one $999 perpetual server license supporting 200 users, Fodor says Pano System for the Cloud reduces infrastructure costs while eliminating all the management and security headaches associated with managing client systems.
Fodor argues that Pano System for the Cloud is the next logical extension of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology, except in this instance the Pano approach is not dependent on any one particular type of virtual machine platform running on the server.
Whether Pano extends the Pano System for the Cloud beyond the Google Chrome browser remains to be seen. But as desktop virtualization continues to evolve, it is pretty clear that IT organizations are going to be managing multiple forms of it. To what degree that will occur will vary from organization to organization. But for a lot of organizations, the most important attribute is going to be the approach to desktop virtualization that puts the least amount of pressure on the internal IT organization for support and management.