Chrome Browsers in the Pano Logic Cloud, Running Linux
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Dana Loof, executive VP at Pano Logic, explained to InternetNews that Pano's system for the cloud is focused on Web-only desktop computing. In the model, there is one device that gets a server-delivered image of Google Chrome.
Loof added that the approach eliminates the need for desktop bloat and reduces server infrastructure costs.
Having a small device based on Chrome is not a new idea — Google itself has Chromebook and Chromebox hardware. The difference between what Google offers and what Pano Logic is doing comes at multiple levels. With a ChromeBook, there is still an operating system on the device as well as the Chrome browser itself.
In the Pano Logic model, there is a zero-client device that boots Chrome remotely from the Pano Logic cloud chrome instance. As such, the server administrator sets up all the Chrome instances. This enables more control and security as all the data, patches and updates can be centrally managed and operated on the server.
As opposed to simply installing Chrome on a user's desktop, Loof explained that again, manageability is the key difference with the Pano Logic solution.