How many apps or gadgets, widgets or programs do you actually need to do your job? Not everyone is restricted by an operating system, or even access to a Windows desktop.
Can you do your job from the browser, and only the browser? Pano Logic thinks many in fact can, and is making a go of it with its 'zero-client' pitch to businesses that want a cheap, easy-to-manage devices with no local storage.
In fact, it cuts out the operating system altogether and has no moving parts, which as you may expect consumes less power. It connects with public cloud storage services like Google Apps or Office 365, or your private corporate cloud solution.
If you've heard of thin-clients, this is a razor-thin client.
You open the lid, fire up the Chrome browser, and that's it. Everything is at your fingertips. If you're hooked up to Google's cloud enterprise products, you're laughing.
"For those organizations that don't require a full Windows environment, the transition is seamless with immediate benefits," said Pano Logic's chief executive John Kish.
"The end user sees the Chrome browser interface. The IT manager sees a simple management console. The CTO sees staff spending less time managing the desktop. The CIO sees a path to the cloud. And the CFO sees savings adding up."
Following Google's own Chromebook 'experiment' and Samsung's jump into the mix with its Chromebox hardware, the search turned everything-else giant now has a second PC manufacturer toying with its Chrome software. (It's not Chrome OS, but it's certainly something.)
Each device costs $159, the company says, but the company charges $1,000 per server, which supports up to 200 devices.
For medium-sized enterprises, you're talking about equipping your entire workforce of 200 or so people for just over $30,000. The company says the devices are "built for virtualisation," and can plug-and-play into 99 percent of hypervisor infrastructures, including: VMware View, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenDesktop.
Justifying the move to outsourcing your apps to the cloud --- while reducing your management overheads, anti-malware solutions, and energy costs --- just got a whole load more attractive with that price tag.
Image credit: Pano Logic.
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