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IGEL's New Thin Clients Supporting Citrix XenDesktop Appliance Standard

IGEL Technology has announced the broadest range of Linux-based thin client models supporting the important Citrix XenDesktop Appliance standard. The standard, published by Citrix in Q1 2008, ensures that any compliant access device connected to Citrix XenDesktop behaves exactly like a normal PC. IGEL's latest firmware upgrade allows all Linux-based IGEL thin clients to be switched, with just one mouse click, from a traditional IGEL Universal Desktop to a tightly defined virtual PC using ICA to access Citrix XenDesktop.

With all 9 IGEL Linux models now supporting Citrix XenDesktop, IGEL now has one of the largest collections of Citrix XenDesktop Appliances in the world. In addition, IGEL's Universal Desktop approach means that organisations wanting to implement other digital services in addition to ICA, such as web, VoIP or SAP, can always do so in the future. The switch to Citrix XenDesktop mode can be implemented remotely using the bundled IGEL Remote Management Suite software. A systems administrator can simply create a XenDesktop Appliance profile with a few mouse clicks and then drag-and-drop this over the target terminals.

The IGEL Technology range available with this Linux firmware includes traditional desktop designs, PC upgrade cards, 19" LCD integrated units and quad screen units. This wide variety of choice allows organisations of all types to deploy the Citrix XenDesktop virtualization solution to almost any part of the business, including office workers, space constrained point-of-sale areas and multi-screen environments such as dealing rooms.

IGEL's Universal Desktop design delivers additional benefits to IT administrators and end-users because organisations are not forced to host all applications on the virtual desktop and deliver it using one protocol. The flexibility of the IGEL approach allows organizations to pick and choose the best digital services to deliver a true PC experience, including web browser, Java, SAP GUI, PDF, terminal emulation and VoIP. This also provides desktop resilience if the virtual PC connection should be lost, for example, users can access email via the local web client or SAP via the native SAP GUI.

The final component of IGEL's solution is its Remote Management Suite. This software is bundled free with every IGEL Universal Desktop and allows the terminal to automatically connect to its infrastructure and be remotely managed over a WAN with no scripting and minimal network impact. This allows a desktop to be "drop shipped" to a user and set up within five minutes by simply connecting the power, network, monitor, mouse and keyboard. Everything else is automatic.



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