Pano Logic updates its virtual desktop technology for vSphere

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Pano Logic has updated its desktop virtualization solution with a new release of Pano System 2.7. Earlier this year, the company closed an additional $6 million Series B round extension which was to be used to grow the company and continue to enhance its comprehensive VDI solution. And with this new release, the company seems to be doing just that.

Aly Orady, Pano Logic's CTO, said the new release improves the user experience and simplifies how IT administrators manage their virtual desktops. The company's goal is to make setup and deployment of Pano System as fast and seamless as possible. And this release could be well on its way to help deliver on that promise.

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With this update, it seems the company could be taking the virtual desktop to the cloud. One of the new features found in the 2.7 release is that it adds support for VMware's cloud virtualization technology, vSphere 4. Orady said Pano Logic will allow its customers to leverage their existing vSphere cloud infrastructure that they use today for their server side to gain the same benefits on their desktops as well.

With cloud services promising to completely virtualize the datacenter stack, VDI deployments could start to look toward the cloud to leverage its dynamic allocation of virtualized resources. Pano could be in a good position to address these possibilities. Leveraging cloud architectures could help address some of the limitations of VDI deployments such as CPU, memory, and storage capacity issues or even I/O bottleneck problems.

In addition to vSphere 4 support and performance enhancements to help customers scale up their deployments, Pano System 2.7 also added a few other new capabilities. Administrators can use the Pano Manager interface to log off and disconnect users accessing their desktop virtual machines via Pano Devices for one-console management. They also included broader support for USB devices using native Windows drivers, which should help customers and partners with support and compatibility issues. And they've also added the ability to perform group policy installs and updates of the Pano Direct Service, making it seamless and automatic.

Pano System 2.7, including the Pano Device and backend software, is now available with pricing starting at $329 per desktop. That gets you hooked up with the company's now-famous chrome finish Pano Device. But if you aren't partial to the chrome finish, they now offer the Pano Device in a black finish for just $319 per desktop.