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  • 29 January 2016 14:04

IGEL: "2016 will be the year of the management workspace"

2016 will be a challenging year for IT managers. On the one hand, they need to reduce the operative burden of digital transformation and Industry 4.0. On the other hand, the maintenance time required for ongoing operations is increasing because workstation PCs are remaining in service for longer. With a suitable workspace management strategy, this paradox can be eliminated.

In the new year, IGEL Technology will increase its focus on the managed workspace and has plans to expand its portfolio of solutions in this area. This will relieve the burden on IT managers at companies and government agencies, allowing them to concentrate on strategic and complex projects carried out as part of the digital transformation. IGEL has decades of experience when it comes to managing thin, zero and software thin clients. By combining this experience with global IT trends such as software-defined computing and unified management, the company is positioning itself firmly in the market for workspace management. In light of the fundamental shift in IT priorities towards the digital transformation of business processes, smart products and the Internet of Things (IoT)/Industry 4.0, trend analysis such as the "IDC FutureScapes 2016” predicts that PCs will be used for much longer periods, i.e. beyond six years. Technically speaking, this is possible – the hardware is now more robust and, thanks to Windows 10, even three-year-old machines can cope with extended requirements for a few extra years.

The downside is the fact that the maintenance and management outlay remains as high as ever. If there are local applications or user data on the PC, restoration work following a hardware failure can often take half a day or even a full day. Unexpected failures can therefore jeopardise key project targets. Change of course towards unified management

In order to permanently relieve the burden on IT staff, IGEL applies the "software-defined computing" principle to workstation IT. With the help of the secure, standardised and low-cost UDC2 Linux operating system, which is suitable for desktop PCs, notebooks and thin clients from other manufacturers, IGEL is permanently decoupling the intelligence for remote access to centralised IT environments and cloud services from the hardware. In combination with a profile-based management system – the IGEL UMS software comes supplied – standardised, remote-administrable working environments are created. These IGEL managed workspaces can be reactivated and ready for use on previously unconfigured replacement hardware within a few minutes of an acute end-device failure – whether it be a PC, a laptop or a thin client. IGEL recently took a further step towards unified device management with the UMA (Unified Management Agent) software. This even allows PCs and notebooks with local Windows 7 to be integrated into the homogeneous UMS environment.

"In the months and years ahead, we would like to expand our unified management approach and integrate further device groups," announced Managing Director Heiko Gloge. "We have already started evolving into a workspace management provider and shall continue to do so. Our aim is to relieve end customers and cloud service providers of even more unproductive tasks and increase productivity in IT."

About IGEL Technology A world leader in thin and zero client solutions, IGEL Technology helps organisations improve the agility, efficiency, and security of their virtual desktop and application delivery systems. IGEL produces one of the industry's widest range of hardware thin and zero clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows, and leads the market in software based thin clients allowing customers to access a broad spectrum of server-based infrastructures and applications. IGEL also offers powerful and intuitive management software for easy deployment and administration of thin clients throughout any size organisation. Partnerships with industry leaders like Citrix, VMware, Red Hat, and Microsoft ensure that IGEL provides the most up-to-date technology and trustworthy security to clients in industries that include Healthcare, Education & Research, Public Sector, Financial, Insurance, Retail, Logistics, and Manufacturing. IGEL has offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and is represented by partners in over 50 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter:

Editorial Contact: Luke Frost for IGEL Technology +61 407 271 064

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