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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

Well I must admit it sounds great, but by using PCI-over-IP does have it's disadvantages, like Video and Audio which are both mandatory these days on business client devices. The current model that both Citrix and VMware (they do agree on something? ;-) use is to have Video be streamed natively to the client device and then use locally installed codec's to reassemble and display the video stream.

If you have no CPU or Memory then this will have to be done back at the server - then streamed in uncompressed format to the client. And how does it know where to connect to your Virtual Desktop? clearly there must be some form of Flash with config details? But as there is no O/S then it clearly can't have RDP or ICA Clients running? so at this point this device could be somewhat constraining your architectural choices?

If this was the only disadvantage then I could probably live with - but I do think they are being somewhat cheeky in trying to get customers to start paying for the device on a per month basis....  $240 a year + $60 maintenence, really???

Anyway, enough of the negatives, it looks great and I'm glad to see that at least some manafacturers of hardware have recognised the "iPod Factor" in that if you make it look great it will help sell the product. Nice product, I hope it does well.

The Chrome Thin Client - Pano Logic's Virtual Desktop
Filed under: Desktop Virtualization

A silicon valley startup, Pano Logic, has announced their new technology which enables them to offer a virtual desktop PC that doesn't require any software or hardware components like a typical PC.

The company was founded by Nick Gault who was the founding chief executive of XenSource. So it seems as though Nick is following the path of where virtualization is heading. He went from focusing on virtualizing the server and is now going back to the desktop.

The Pano device is a small chrome cube with no processor, memory or operating system. Instead, the small device connects the user's keyboard, mouse, video, audio and other USB peripherals to an IP-based connection which links to a version of the user's operating system running in a virtual machine on a remote server.

The device is similar in its approach to the technologies being offered by Wyse, Neoware and ClearCube. However, the Pano device takes things up a notch. Because the device has no software, it doesn't require any software updates nor is the client affected by malware. And because there is no CPU, the device only consumes 5 watts, 3% of a typical PC, making it as green as they come.

Pano Logic will sell the Pano devices beginning in September for subscription prices beginning at $20 per month with another $60 per year planned for maintenance and support.

more at source...

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:49 AM Citrix , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top


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