HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Redstone FCU announced today it is replacing 760 of its personal computers with Pano Logic’s zero client “in the cloud” virtual desktop devices.
Phase one of the Redstone plan calls for replacing all of the $3 billion credit union’s PCs at 22 branches -- about 460 PCs in all, representing nearly half of the organization's desktops. Phase two calls for replacing another 300 PCs in various departments during 2013. With growth plans on the horizon, Redstone is planning to standardize on Pano for new branches.
The toaster-sized virtual machines are zero-client—that is they store no operating system, applications or files. Instead, each machine connects to the data center server at each branch, which contains a personalized image of that user's system, applications and files. Users can plug any legitimate peripheral into a USB hub connected to the virtual desktop.
Pano Logic's Pano Zero Client consume 97% less power than PCs, 50% less power than thin clients or other so-called zero clients, and do not store data locally, fully eliminating endpoint security liabilities.
Pano System for Cloud eliminates the need for a local operating system and central processing unit and delivers web-based computing using Google's Chrome browser as the interface.
Redstone's branches are already spread throughout Huntsville, and surrounding towns, some as far away as 100 miles, in southern Tennessee. The Redstone IT team is seeking to reduce travel time for tasks like replacing a hard drive or trouble-shooting and was drawn to Pano's centralized management capability. Pano Logic is also eliminating costly PC refresh cycles.