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October 26, 2012

Redstone FCU Replaces 75 Percent of Its PCs with Virtual Desktops

Virtual desktop computing solutions from Pano Logic (News - Alert), the Redwood, California based manufacturer of devices which presents virtual desktops to the end user is in charge of replacing 75 percent of the PCs of $3.4 billion Redstone Federal Credit Union (FCU) of Huntsville, Alaska with its virtual desktop computing solution.

The process of replacing the PCs with Pano Logic’s virtual desktop Pano System, with no local processing power will be completed in about 18 months. The replacement has already resulted in the cost saving of 60 percent on computing equipment Pano Logic declared.

Redstone FCU is on a two phase computing infrastructure improvement project of replacing PCs. In phase one, about 460 PCs from 22 of its branches will be replaced with Pano Logic’s desktop virtualization Pano System. In the second year in 2013, about 300 department PCs will be replaced. Redstone aims at eliminating costly PC refresh cycles and reducing travel time associated with PC troubleshooting.

Lisa Whitt, assistant vice president of technology for Redstone FCU said that they started looking at Pano Logic because of the rising cost of replacing PCs every three years or so. She added that they immediately realized the benefits from centrally managing desktop computing, especially when the users are far away. Whitt went on to add that as they were growing and planning to expand out of Alabama, they needed something to help in managing end users remotely.

The company said Pano System for Cloud was an extension of the core technology in Pano System for VDI, “a complete end-to-end, hardware-and-software virtual desktop solution that independently interoperates with all three leading hypervisors (vSphere, XenServer, Hyper-V) and their management systems (VMware View, XenDesktop, Microsoft (News - Alert) SCVMM).”

Pano System for VDI is an end-to-end virtual software and hardware desktop solution. The users can use Pano Logic’s Pano System, a Windows environment. The solution uses a virtual endpoint device that eliminates the need of storage, memory, security and moving parts and endpoint management. It is a solid-state device that has no processor, no storage, no memory and no operating system.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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