Pano Logic's 'Zero Client' Cube
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MENLO PARK, Calif. Long before PCs, there were computer terminals tied to mainframes. Thats how computing was done. These terminals were called dumb because they didnt have much in the way of internal processing, their main function was to provide access to the almighty mainframe think old black and white science fiction movies.
Over the years, these terminals, or thin clients as theyre called these days, have gotten smarter, sporting more local processing and storage that can make them a cost-effective alternative to PCs, particularly for users who run a limited number of applications.
Enter Pano Logic which wants to return to the good old dumb days and for good reason. I wrote about the debut of the companys innovative Pano cube two years ago. Pano didnt seem be making much traction, but I was interested to see a year later that it hired John Kish, the former CEO of thin client leader Wyse, to head the company.
During a recent visit to Pano Logics headquarters here, Kish held one of the shiny silver Pano cubes in his hand and explained why this new generation of dumb is delightful.