Startup Pano Logic on Monday announced an all-hardware virtualization device, about the size of a deck of cards, that is designed to replace the PC.
Unlike thin clients, the Pano Logic device does not use any software or even drivers, so executives claim that it cannot be infected by malware. Moreover, the device virtualizes I/O, so that end users can plug in a USB device or printer and use it over the network. Pricing for the device starts at $20 per month per device, with perpetual licenses available.
According to Pano Logic executives, the devices perform the same functions that PCs do – virtualizing keyboard and mice movements, storage, I/O, as well as either Windows XP or Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system. The devices are designed to work with VMware Server; if a small or medium business doesn't have it, the Pano Logic software includes a VMWare installation when the Pano Logic software installs as well. Pano can be installed on top of an existing VMware ESX deployment.