Desktop Virtualization Vendor Pano Logic Launches VDI Bundles

Pano Express SMB and Pano Express HA both consist of pre-configured, Pano Logic-branded Fujitsu servers loaded with VMware vSphere 4, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, and up to 60 Pano zero clients. Pano Express HA adds high availability failover and replication technology from Datacore Software, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based storage virtualization vendor.

Dana Loof, executive vice president of marketing at Pano Logic, based in Redwood City, Calif., said the new Pano Express products are aimed at small businesses and companies with remote branch offices, many of which are curious about VDI but not quite confident enough to deploy it on their own.

Loof said Pano Express HA is a reflection of organizations' fears about VDI and uptime. "A lot of times, customers are interested in VDI but concerned that it's a single point of failure," said Loof. "Having to size everything just gets too confusing."

Customers can buy the Fujitsu servers in units of 30, 40, 50 or 60, depending on the needs of their remote office. Generally, the new Pano Express models can support up to 120 users in a remote location, according to Loof.

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Last year, Pano Logic launched a similar VDI bundle for the education market, and the positive response to that offering prompted the company to target additional market segments, Loof said.

Pano Express SMB is priced at $1,033 per seat for 30 users, while Pano Express HA is $1,200 per seat for 60 users.