The IGEL Work from home kit
VDI AND DAAS MAKES IT EASIER TO MANAGE WINDOWS
By moving Windows desktop workloads from the endpoint into the cloud, IT is able to deploy, manage and secure desktops far easier than when Windows is installed on the endpoint. VDI and DaaS deliver a consistent workspace for employees regardless of where they work. Working remotely raises security concerns, particularly when it comes to the endpoint.
WINDOWS ON THE ENDPOINT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE
While VDI and DaaS ensure that applications and data are not running locally, many organisations still require the need to have visibility of the endpoint and ensure that it is secure. Managing and securing Windows on the endpoint, which is outside the corporate network creates further challenges when it comes to Windows updates and patching. Managing Windows in both the VDI/DaaS environment and at the edge arguably is counter initiative.
IGEL OS AT THE EDGE
The IGEL OS is an operating system designed to provide a great user experience and yet significantly reduce the cost of managing endpoints. Purpose-built on Linux with support for VDI and DaaS connectivity, IGEL OS provides employees with a secure workspace, turning any x86 device into an IGEL endpoint. Thousands of IGEL endpoints can be managed simultaneously and configured from one central management platform. Deploying the IGEL OS is simple and helps extend the life of existing endpoints or those running ‘end of life’ operating systems like Windows XP or Windows 7. Even existing 3rd party thin clients can run IGEL OS.
The IGEL UD Pocket is a “live USB key” which allows the IGEL OS to run directly from USB. Employees can utilise the same benefits of the IGEL OS and yet dual boot keeping the underlying operating system intact. With support for over 90 technologies, the UD Pocket can be shipped out to remote workers and enable pre-configured providing instant access to VDI or DaaS Cloud workspaces. The UD Pocket enables any unmanaged, insecure device to become a secure, managed workspace.
MANAGE IGEL ANYWHERE
The IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) allows IT to manage thousands of IGEL endpoints from a single interface. The UMS allows configurations, updates and policies to be deployed at scale and allows shadowing of the endpoint through the initiative interface. The IGEL Cloud Gateway, (ICG) provides a virtual appliance which secures the connections between the UMS and the IGEL endpoints allowing IGEL endpoints outside the network to be managed. Combined the UMS and ICG enables IT management of remote workers.
LOCALLY INSTALLED APPLICATIONS
The recent move to work remotely and communicate with colleagues has led to increased use of unified communication tools such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Ring Central. While some of the VDI/DaaS platforms offer support for these applications inside the virtualized desktop, IGEL’ custom partition support allows certain 3rd party applications to be installed natively on the IGEL OS. This can allow employees to access web-based applications such as Office 365 and communication tools outside of the VDI / DaaS environment.
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