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Pano Logic

April 14, 2010 08:05 ET

Pano Logic Releases Leading Zero Client Platform, Pano System 3.0, With Windows 7 Support, Deeper VMware View™ Integration and Expanded End User Controls

MENLO PARK, CA--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) -  Pano Logic, the leader in zero client desktop virtualization, today announced Pano System 3.0, a major product release with support for the Windows 7 operating system and closer integration with VMware View™. Pano System 3.0 also enhances the end user computing experience by providing new user controls over virtual desktops, and further simplifies centralized administration for IT managers. The newest release from Pano Logic meets a growing demand within organizations of all sizes for a true zero client alternative to costly PCs and thin clients, particularly as they plan their migration to the Windows 7 operating system and begin overdue replacements of desktop infrastructures.

Deeper VMware View™ Integration

Closer integration with VMware View Manager in Pano System 3.0 will extend Pano Logic's zero client value propositions by making it even easier to manage a heterogeneous desktop environment. IT administrators can now use a single seamless and comprehensive console through VMware View for managing small to large-scale virtual desktop deployments or infrastructures comprising a mix of both Pano Logic virtual desktops and PCs or thin clients. Pano Logic has grown rapidly, with sales tripling in 2009, particularly in mid-sized organizations and departmental deployments within large organizations.

"Pano Logic is dedicated to ensuring our customers have the tools and resources they need to maximize their investments in both VMware and Pano Logic solutions. Extending our integration with VMware View™ provides that assurance," said John Kish, CEO of Pano Logic. "Innovative organizations are seizing upon our zero client virtual desktop solution to free them from the high cost and complexity of managing PCs and troublesome thin clients. We continue to move our technology forward to meet the needs of our customers and keep pace with industry developments, such as the release of the Windows 7 operating system. As businesses continue their migration to zero clients, we will continue to provide them the platform for their needs."

Pano Logic solves major challenges inherent in the current PC-based, client-server computing model, while providing end users with the same, familiar PC-like Windows experience. Its technology radically reduces computing total cost of ownership by as much as 80 percent by completely eliminating endpoint device management, support and obsolescence. Instead, end users connect to their virtual machine with a zero client that contains no processor, no operating system, no memory, no drivers, no software and no moving parts. This represents a major shift from highly complex and costly PC and thin client computing solutions.

Windows 7 Migration Path Simplified

With Pano System 3.0, companies migrating onto the new Windows 7 operating system now have the option of deploying the zero client hardware and software platform that was purpose-built for desktop virtualization. The Pano Logic platform now supports Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional and Ultimate editions with no change in price. To ease the transition for end users, the Pano System 3.0 enables individuals to maintain both a Windows 7 and an XP desktop.

"Beta 3.0 builds on all the magic of 2.8, by adding Windows 7 support along with other great features such as multiple desktops per user, management server load balancing, and maintenance mode for DVMs," said Corky Collins, Chief Technology Officer, STL Technologies. "The fact that Pano Logic pours so much into R&D and keeps adding new, and free, features to its platform will, we think, keep them well ahead of the competition in the zero client endpoint market."

Windows 7 support comes as analysts are predicting expanded adoption of virtual desktop deployments to ease the transition to Windows 7 and realize dramatic cost savings and efficiency gains. "The release of Windows 7 is creating an ideal launch pad for desktop virtualization. With Windows XP getting long in the tooth and most companies choosing to skip Vista altogether, Windows 7 is poised for success. Any company considering upgrading to Windows 7 is an ideal candidate for desktop virtualization because desktop virtualization can help further accelerate Windows 7 adoption, deliver incompatible applications, and turn what would be two projects into one," stated Mark Bowker, Senior Analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group, in the February 1, 2010 research brief, "2010 Desktop Virtualization Trends."

Further, "Gartner believes that most enterprises must openly evaluate and implement virtualization at the server and desktop level to take advantage of cost-cutting opportunities and to remain competitive," stated the research firm in a November 2009 report, "Market Trends: x86 Virtualization Market Driven by Consolidation, Promise of Cost Reduction, and Management Advantages."

End Users Gain Control, IT Administrators Eliminate Management

Pano System 3.0 incorporates end-user functionality that users enjoyed with individual PCs, as well as functionality required but not captured by PCs. End users have the power to reboot their virtual machines as well as lock their desktop and access a new one in the event of a problem. This enables users to continue working and preserves the original for IT to examine and diagnose. Pano System 3.0 also enables users to maintain multiple virtual machines. End users have the option to transition between various virtual machines assigned to them by simply clicking on the environment of their choice, further freeing IT from desktop support demands.

About Pano Logic
Founded in 2006, Pano Logic develops an integrated virtualization-based software and hardware solution that delivers a superior desktop computing experience. The company is privately held and backed by leading investment firms Foundation Capital, Goldman Sachs and Mayfield Fund. Pano Logic is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. For more information about Pano Logic, visit http://www.panologic.com.

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