The Pano Zero Client endpoint device is used to access the virtual desktop sessions. It's a simple appliance-like device that, unlike a thin client, doesn't contain a processor or memory but instead extends the virtual desktop's system bus over the LAN using native Windows drivers to connect the user's monitor, keyboard, mouse, and USB peripherals to the Pano Direct Service running inside the Windows desktop virtual machines. Because the device has no moving parts, there's no cooling necessary; power consumption continues to run at an industry-low 6 watts, which by comparison, is an order of magnitude better than any PC on the market.
Updated silicon in the new device now supports isochronous USB devices, which were not previously supported. Isochronous USB support makes possible such things as streaming video from a webcam for videoconferencing and bi-directional audio to provide support for VoIP.
The new device also adds dual digital video output (DVI) ports in addition to the VGA output in with earlier versions. A second monitor port has been provided to support dual-screen operation, something that end-users are becoming more and more accustomed to having on their desktop or laptop machines.
These types of additions enhance the overall user experience and help to ease the migration blues from no longer using a traditional PC in the environment.
Pano System 4 includes a year of maintenance and support. The company says that simplifying the purchase, implementation, and management of desktop virtualization is particularly important to help with enterprises and organizations planning to make the move to VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) in 2011. If the industry analysts and pundits are correct, VDI implementations should be on the rise throughout this new year.
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