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Pano Logic Takes $12M

The money spigot for virtualization is still flowing, with Goldman Sachs & Co. leading a $12-million round of funding for Menlo Park, Calif.-based Pano Logic. The startup virtualizes the desktop to the point where none of the client computers needs an operating system. IT managers find that sexy, but Pano will have to differentiate itself from blade computing and other client-server “solutions” such as application streaming. When VMware purchased Thinstall earlier this month it gave the entire desktop virtualization category some cachet.

3 Responses to “Pano Logic Takes $12M”

  1. The challenge with Pano is the limited desktop performance – video and graphics. While better than plain RDP, it is a compromised experience compared to a PC at the user desk.

    There is another solution that provides and un-compromised user experience and that is PC-over-IP (PCoIP) technology.

    To be truly cost effective a Zero client needs to be able to handle any user type in an enterprise – from terminal/task workers, mainstream office users and power users that may require full DVI resolutions and full frame rate 3D graphics. This is what PCoIP delivers.

    Check out this Zero Client that is an all-in-one display that Samsung just announced (SyncMaster 930ND) it supports VMware View (aka VDI) and PCoIP to be forward compatible when Vmware VIew integrates PCoIP technology (see vmware announcement with Teradici at the Sept08 Vmworld)

    Here is a demo of the user performance including HD video and 3D graphics.

    For full disclosure, I am the Director of Business Development at Teradici. For more info go to

  2. Without the hype of the words “virtualization” and “zero” Symbio Technologies has developed a stateless computing technology that eliminates the hardware complexity on the desktop AND the software complexity on the server. Its solution is to utilize its Symbiont Boot Appliance, a free-standing router-like device, that creates sessions with servers (virtual or otherwise), boots the stateless desktop devices, and directs them to the appropriate application server where their operating systems and applications reside.

    The boot appliance contains over 2,200 protocols and plays perfectly with Windows (RDP), Linux/Unix (X), and Citrix (ICA). If the IT Administrator deems it necessary, the stateless desktop devices can access one or all simultaneously. Because Symbio provides an elegant hardware solution, it no longer matters what is running on the server.

    This stateless solution has been selected to help protect our country’s nuclear secrets. As there is never any data, operating systems, applications, file systems, or network addresses on the desktop, the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration) is using Symbio’s solution within its highly classified production environments.

    Without any fanfare or use of current buzz words, Symbio Technology has developed a technology that is highly secure, highly cost effective, and highly scalable. If a startup company like Plano Logic can raise $12 million on its marketing prowess, how much could Symbio raise with its proven technology?