Linux thin clients from IGEL
Linux thin clients and Linux zero clients from IGEL are particularly cost-effective, secure, powerful and flexible. The IGEL Linux thin client operating system developed by the company is based on the open-source Ubuntu LTS distribution and is optimized and supplemented on an ongoing basis. As a result, every IGEL Linux thin client offers sector-leading connectivity.
Linux thin clients from IGEL send TCO plummeting
Linux thin clients from IGEL are ideal for server-based computing and cloud projects with solutions from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware. At the same time, they allow native IBM access or legacy host access using optional terminal emulation – with a minimal total cost of ownership (TCO).
Linux thin client remote management
Compared to Windows Embedded, IGEL Linux is a much leaner operating system and is free of licensing costs. What is even more important than the lower procurement costs, however, is the fact that every IGEL Linux thin client can be remote managed in a standardized manner via the network or Internet – with 100 percent functionality. This is possible thanks to the Universal Management Suite (UMS) remote management software which comes supplied with IGEL clients.
Linux thin clients from IGEL increase security
Linux is the world's most widespread operating system for thin and zero clients. To complement the LTSP and Openthinclient open source projects, IGEL also participates in the Open Source Community and publishes improved code, for example bug fixes in the X-Server. As a software developer, IGEL uses the great flexibility of the Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) Linux distribution in order to create direct benefits for customers. Through the integration of standard drivers, special peripherals such as external smartcard readers or dictation microphones can be used. Users also value IGEL Linux as a robust and stable thin client OS for which there is virtually no malware – unlike with Windows environments.
2012: Market Share of Thin Client Operating System
IGEL Linux offers considerable investment protection
To help protect customer investments, IGEL offers a free downloadable firmware update for each Linux thin client up to four times a year. This ensures that all software clients, e.g. Citrix Receiver, VMware Horizon Client (formerly VMware View Client) or Microsoft RDP Client including RemoteFX are always up to date and the features on the server side are fully usable. With its Linux-based "Universal Desktop" multiprotocol firmware, IGEL supports around 15 VDI and cloud computing solutions.
Certificate for Linux end devices
VMware Horizon Client
PCoIP, Microsoft RDP
Citrix XenDesktop / XenApp
HDX Ready / HDX Ready SoC
Citrix HDX (formerly ICA)
Microsoft VDI (Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server)
Mircosoft RemoteFX Logo
Microsoft RDP, Microsoft RemoteFX
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops
Red Hat SPICE Client
Table: Certifications for Linux thin clients (source: IGEL Technology, 2013)
The Linux thin client as a standardization tool
Linux thin clients from IGEL are an effective means of client standardization. With the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter 3 (UDC3) Linux thin client software, x86-based PC and notebook hardware as well as devices (e.g. thin clients) from other manufacturers but tested and certified by IGEL can be converted into Linux software thin clients via USB stick/token, DVD or the network. These devices can then be remote managed in a cost-effective manner with the help of the IGEL UMS. The benefits: end users can continue to use existing hardware in a cost-effective manner or create notebook-based mobile thin clients quickly and easily. At the same time, service providers can put in place attractively priced Client-as-a-Service models (ClaaS) with Linux thin clients from IGEL. As a result, both groups – end users and service providers – permanently reduce the costs of support and service.
Linux thin clients from IGEL – an overview of the benefits:
- Low costs (procurement, licenses, operation)
- Low system requirements
- High security (e.g. against malware)
- High stability (lean operating system)
- Great flexibility and adaptability
- Great potential for client standardization
- Standardized, comprehensive remote management
- High level of future-proofing (regular software updates)
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