Accelerate POS performance by 30%

Accelerate POS performance by 30%

Extend the life of existing POS terminals

Extend the life of existing POS terminals

Reduce store infrastructure cost

Reduce store infrastructure cost

Virtualized POS

Virtualize your existing POS application onto a centrally managed store server - an existing one, or a new server of your choice. Your POS registers will run a lightweight 'in memory' operating system that is fully supported, PCI compliant and presents the POS application exactly as it appears and operates today.

With the POS application operating on modern local, secure and resilient infrastructure, management and maintenance becomes quicker, easier and more cost effective. Transactional performance of the POS registers improves by up to 30% with Zynstra's POS virtualization solution, and the disks - the most common point of failure on the register - are no longer required, reducing maintenance costs and downtime.

As an additional operations benefit, instead of managing and updating individual registers, IT can update them and apply patches from the centre, with validation, automation and rollback - ensuring the most important patches are applied with a 100% success rate.

Virtualization of our key upsell platform is a smart way to reduce the number of devices at customer checkout and deliver a far leaner and efficient IT footprint in the store.

Edward Dzadovsky
VP North America IT, Circle K

Transition to multi-function store devices

Retailers must adapt fast to deliver curbside collection, touchless payment options, online orders with 3rd party delivery companies and more. Virtualized POS enables you to run multiple applications on one single device, whether a fixed register, kiosk or tablet. Streamlining applications to run from one single touchpoint reduces your store IT footprint, significantly improving customer experience and boosting staff productivity.

Point of Sale devices running POSReady7 will soon be at risk

Are you prepared?

POS Virtualization is a Growing Trend

The appetite for virtualization of POS is high. Recent survey results show that overall 70% of retailers stated they would be implementing it in the next two years.

23% percent of retailers said they were using it already, while 26% said they would adopt it as soon as possible, and 21% said they would do so in the next two years.

Just as virtualization has transformed the wider IT industry, applying this technology to point of sale systems has enormous potential.

Virtualized POS enables the Software-Defined Store


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Business Benefits

Increased Return on Investment

  • Extends life of existing POS terminals indefinitely
  • Supports all existing & future peripheral appliances
  • Avoids end of life issues arising from vendor support decisions (e.g. Microsoft)
  • Reduces cost of POS hardware on replacement
  • Simple to service by using in-store personnel: re-boot POS in under 30 seconds.

Increased Reliability & Reduced Risk

  • Removes POS hard drive: highest failing register hardware component
  • High availability options to further reduce risk
  • No dependence on WAN availability and performance
  • Centralized management of all in-store vPOS
  • Central control of patches and updates
  • PCI compliant solution that encompasses POS hardware and store server.

Enhanced Customer Service

  • Improves POS transactional performance by up to 30% (under lab conditions, vPOS out-performed POS terminals in all scenarios)
  • Platform for mobile POS tablets for Line (Q) Busting
  • Cost effective platform for future applications to enhance customer experience and deliver new lines of business.

What is the economic value of the Software Defined Store?

Virtualized POS Architecture

The requirements of modern edge infrastructure

Zynstra leverages advancements in hyperconvergence, virtualization and software-defined everything.

Purpose-built for today's retail edge:

Purpose-built for today's retail edge:

virtualized, multiple retail workloads & devices – high performance, PCI compliant.

Intelligence at the core:

Intelligence at the core:

Configuration, control, governance – at massive scale.

Operational excellence at the edge:

Operational excellence at the edge:

Improved store operations cost to serve.

Full business integrity:

Full business integrity:

Built for today’s threat landscape.

Completely automated:

Completely automated:

Self-directed, self-healing; manage by exception.

Innovation accelerator:

Innovation accelerator:

Platform for today’s and tomorrow’s innovation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is POS virtualization?

POS virtualization is moving the combination of a POS application and operating system that runs on dedicated hardware into a virtual machine on a shared infrastructure virtualized server. The POS operating system is often a flavor of Microsoft Windows.

What is a trigger for virtualizing POS?

Many retailers are facing an enforced POS terminal upgrade cycle due to Microsoft Windows End Of Life issues. POSReady 2009 has an EOL in September 2019 while the very popular POSReady7 has an end of life in December 2021. For many existing POS Terminals there is no supported upgrade path to Windows 10 IoT.

Why should I virtualize my POS?

Virtualization of POS can deliver a range of business benefits including simplifying the store IT Bill Of Materials, increased POS performance, reduced IT support costs and enhance IT security.

My POS runs on Microsoft Windows POSReady 2009 or Windows POSREeady7. What can I do?

One option is to upgrade POS terminal hardware to a version that is supported by Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. An even better alternative is to virtualize POS and any other in-store applications and preserve you existing investment until they come to a natural end of life.

My POS Terminals do not support running Windows 10 IoT. What are my options?

Virtualizing POS enables the investment in existing POS terminals because it is possible to run Windows 10 IoT in a modern virtualization environment extending the life of POS applications.

If I virtualize POS, what runs on the POS Terminal?

A small operating system based on a lightweight Linux kernel runs on the POS terminal. This contains two applications: one for enabling a remote desktop so that the user can interact with the virtualized POS application that now runs on the server; a second for securely forwarding peripherals from the POS terminal to the virtualized POS.

Can I integrate the myriad of peripherals connected to my POS terminals with a Virtualized POS?

The simple answer is yes. It is possible to integrate a wide range of USB, serial and GPIO peripherals including Balance, Barcode Scanner, Bluetooth Printer, Camera, Cash Drawer, Check Reader, Coin Dispenser, Coupon Detector, Magnetic Stripe Reader (MSR), Note Acceptor, Note Dispenser, Serial Printer. Other peripherals not mentioned are also possible.

Isn’t it too risky to I put all my POS eggs into the virtualization basket

Zynstra’s virtualization supports an efficient two node high availability cluster. It runs active-active so that workloads can be balanced across nodes so that in the event of one part of the cluster becoming unavailable, half of the workloads are unaffected with the remaining restarting automatically on the working server.

Wouldn’t it be better to migrate POS to the cloud?

Most retailers are not comfortable to directly depend on the availability and performance of a Wide Area Network (WAN) to take payment from customers. This is one of the reasons why most POS applications are still resident in-store.

Is virtualization a mature technology that can be trusted?

Virtualization has been in existence since its inception by IBM in the early 1970’s. Server virtualization on Intel x86 processors became widely available between 2001 and 2003 from a combination of VMware and the Xen project. Virtualization forms the basis of cloud computing (AWS, Azure and Google) and modern enterprise datacenters. It is also the technological basis of virtual desktops. POS is one of the last major enterprise applications that has not been widely virtualized.

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