Desktop Virtualization: Where Thin Clients Meet the Cloud

Today the organization behind the popular Xen open-source hypervisor announced the latest release of its virtualization software. It’s smaller, has better power management and graphics capabilities, and can run on machines ranging from servers to laptops and mobile phones.

Also, Nortel announced today a product it calls an “office-on-a-stick.” I would call it a virtualized desktop. Nortel joins companies large and small pushing products that can replicate your computer and information anywhere on computers, thin clients and even cell phones. Desktop virtualization competitors MokaFive, Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, Desktone and Pano Logic are trying to grow the market as well. Read More about Desktop Virtualization: Where Thin Clients Meet the Cloud

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.