No Dominant Model
Although several vendors are offering versions of desktop virtualization-VMware, Citrix and others-there is no one model that is dominating the way enterprises and midmarket businesses think about and use the technology. There is potential for this market, however, with Gartner predicting the number of virtual desktops growing from 5 million PCs in 2006 to more than 660 million in 2011. The question now is which model of desktop virtualization will dominate the market. Currently, IT administrators can choose from a wide array of offerings, from terminal services VDI (virtual hosted desktop) PC blades to operating system and application streaming models. There are also options that include a choice of diskless desktops and traditional thin-client PCs."What Pano Logic has is a technology that can easily drop down into the enterprise, and it's very simple to use and very cost-effective," said Chris Burton, an analyst with the Burton Group. While Burton said he has been impressed with the approach that Pano Logic and some other companies have taken within the field of desktop virtualization, he noted that the technology behind some of these concepts are not fully mature and many enterprises are only deploying desktop virtualization in a limited capacity. One area that seems likely to embrace the technology first is health care, where many more workers are now located off site or at home, but where there still is a need to protect patient information. The new version of Pano Logic software is slated for release May 5. The pricing for the Pano client and the software remains $300.
What Pano Logic is attempting to do with its package of hardware and software is to begin bridging the gap between thin-client and application virtualization technology. For IT departments, this should make PC administration easier, cut down on cost and make the entire enterprise more secure by centralizing the applications and operating system in the data center.