A small cube is causing some big changes in the computer labs at the University of North Texas at Dallas. The Pano Logic Cube is about the same size as a Big Mac box, and it’s replacing the normal desktop tower in every computer on campus.
The cubes act as hardware that connects to a separate server, that holds all the software. Now an update takes only hours instead of days because network manager Brian Walker doesn't have to work on each computer individually.
"I can deploy computer labs with little effort at all and manage computer labs right from my desk," Walker said.
When you combine the hardware and software, including the server, each computer costs around $495. Walker said each cube only uses 5 watts of energy, that's roughly 3 percent of a normal P.C., so UNT-D will also save money in energy each month.