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IGEL Technology Integrates VMware® Blast Extreme Protocol into Thin and Zero Clients

The VMware Ready solution helps to improve the efficiency and agility of modern end-user computing environments

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 29, 2016 – IGEL Technology, a world leader in the delivery of powerful workspace management software, IGEL OS powered endpoints, zero clients and all-in-one client solutions, today announced the integration of the VMware® Blast Extreme Protocol.

“We are proud to extend our alliance with VMware, and become one of the first endpoint vendors to integrate the VMware Blast Extreme protocol and the first to accelerate the protocol in a media processor,” said Gary Sharp, Vice President of Sales, IGEL Technology North America. “IGEL is committed to helping our channel partners and their customers improve the efficiency and agility of their modern end-user computer environments, which today includes a growing mobile and remote workforce, and the VMware Blast Extreme Protocol consistently provides end users with the uncompromised access to their desktops and applications, regardless of device, location or network.”

Industry-Standard Approach Offers Key Advantages

The VMware Blast Extreme Protocol, a component of VMware Horizon 7, is VMware’s next-generation display protocol that leverages industry-standard H.264 video compression to provide end-users with access to their desktops and applications hosted in centrally managed environments, while giving them the ability to do so using any number of desktop and mobile devices.

“We wanted to quickly integrate the VMware Blast Extreme Protocol because it is a next- generation remote display protocol built on industry standards, and leverages industry standard H.264 and JPG/PNG codec technology to enable exceptional user experience on a broad range of end user devices,” said Matthias Haas, Director of Product Management, IGEL Technology.

Other features and functionality now available throughout IGEL’s entire line of VMware Certified endpoint solutions include:

  • Support for server-based hardware acceleration via NVIDIA GRID™ M6, M10 and M60 graphics cards; AMD FirePro
  • S4000X, S7000, S9000, S9050 and W7000; Intel HD Graphics P4700 and Iris Pro Graphics P630
  • Endpoint hardware-based acceleration for H.264 capable devices
  • Lossless CODECs that enable images to be compressed/decompressed without a loss in quality
  • Support for virtual channels

“We are pleased to see IGEL Technology among the first endpoint manufacturers to integrate VMware Blast protocol,” said Pat Lee, Vice President of Product Management, End User Computing, VMware. “When combined with the NVIDIA GRID graphic cards, VMware Blast is a game-changer for our customers across a wide range of industries, who faced with a growing mobile workforce, are looking for new and innovative ways to improve performance, increase efficiencies and reduce the cost of their VDI deployments.”

Simple and Secure Management

IGEL’s entire family of thin and zero clients can be managed via the industry-leading IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS), which is designed to help IT organizations more efficiently and cost-effectively run their workspace environments remotely.

With the integration of the VMware Blast Extreme Protocol, IT organizations can now leverage the UMS to quickly transition between display methods, including other industry-standard protocols such as Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Teradici PCoIP, and make these changes for the entire network of endpoints, a group of endpoints, or specific endpoint. The UMS also enables IT organizations to add and remove endpoint devices, and perform software and hardware upgrades, as needed or required.

GreenPages Technology Solutions one of North America’s top IT solution providers, has been leveraging IGEL’s thin and zero client solutions, along with its workspace management software to provide its clients with quick and easy access to their VMware virtual desktop infrastructure environments. “We are excited to see IGEL integrate the VMware Blast Extreme Protocol as it offers additional flexibility by supporting a smooth migration path from other industry standard protocols, while at the same time improving performance, efficiencies and cost savings for enterprise organizations,” said Ron Dupler, CEO of GreenPages Technology Solutions.

IGEL Technology will display its thin and zero client solutions featuring the VMware Blast Extreme Protocol in Booth #549 at VMworld 2016, taking place August 28 through September 1 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas. Visitors to the VMworld booth will have the opportunity to take home one of IGEL’s signature plush hedgehogs in exchange for a donation of pocket change that will be donated to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. IGEL partners, customers or media who would like to attend IGEL’s Family & Friends event on Monday, August 29 at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay should contact

Availability and Support

IGEL’s software-defined thin and zero clients are available exclusively in North America through a network of Authorized IGEL Partners. For more information, contact an Authorized IGEL Partner, or Contact Us. IGEL UMS 5 software is available free of charge at

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