Pano Logic Expands Virtualization Offering

The startup is expanding its desktop virtualization software to allow for WAN support.

Startup Pano Logic is looking to bring its desktop virtualization to the next level.

The Menlo Park, Calif., company, which began selling its small desktop device and server-based software in 2007, is expanding its software suite-Pano Virtual Desktop Solution 2.0-for the first time to included new support for VMware's Virtual Desktop Manager as well as WAN support for its customers.

The new software should allow IT managers to expand the number of virtual desktops that employees can use. The software allows IT departments to create virtual desktop environments within remote offices or allows them to give employees access to their desktop image from a home or remote office, said Aly Orady, the company's co-founder and chief technology officer.

The updated software package will allow the Pano Logic device to support dual displays and users to access a range of USB devices, such as PDAs and cell phones. The device itself is a small box that connects a keyboard, mouse and other components to an IP-based connection. The user can then connect to the operating system image that is running on a VMware virtual machine within the data center.

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"I think the benefit is that these improvements make the technology more applicable in more cases," said Orady. "In the past, you might have had a Pano device in the main office and within the data center, but you couldn't deploy it to a remote office because it lacked the WAN optimization. The update within the software is really about expanding the number of environments and the number of users that can use it."

For now, the Pano Logic device and software work only with VMware's hypervisor and provide support for Microsoft Windows environments. The goal, Orady said, is to eventually work with any and all hypervisors, including open-source hypervisors, such as the Xen-based Citrix offerings, or with Microsoft's own Hyper-V that will be an option within Windows Server 2008.