IGEL is a provider of a next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces. The company’s software products include IGEL OS, IGEL UD Pocket (UDP) and Universal Management Suite (UMS). These solutions comprise a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management and control platform across nearly any x86 device.
In addition, they are no stranger to the future of work – in 2016 they were educating the market in VDI and single-sign on:
Virtual workplaces are also better for the environment, with market analysts at Gartner estimating that the IT industry’s share of global CO2 emissions is at 2 percent. Recent studies conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology in Germany, revealed that a combination of IGEL endpoints and virtual desktops based on VMware View proved to have 47 percent less of an environmental impact than a similar, PC-based environment.
Furthermore, a virtual desktop infrastructure is cheaper to purchase and cheaper to run than a standard desktop environment, with endpoints costing substantially less than their ‘fat’ counterparts, and running at as little as 1 watt of power when idle. Endpoints on average use between 61 and 77 percent less power than PCs.
Still on the cost-savings front, an IGEL endpoint running Linux also avoids Microsoft OS licensing costs, and there are no AV or weekly patch management issues to consider which makes administration much easier.
So in essence, a virtual desktop environment running endpoints can offer mobility and convenience, as well as a cheaper, greener alternative to traditional desktop computing.
Today, the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) company announced a fast, cost-effective and secure endpoint device for the future of work. The newly enhanced IGEL UD2 is powered by IGEL OS 11 and is verified with IGEL Workspace Edition; UEFI Secure Boot activated; and, features a modern, eco-friendly and compact design ideal for space-constrained workplaces.
“We are pleased to provide our customers with simple, smart and secure endpoints optimized for cloud workspaces and virtual desktops with the new IGEL UD2,” said Matthias Haas, CTO, IGEL. “An economical and highly effective solution for the workplace of the future, the IGEL UD2 is a slim endpoint featuring a quad-core processor that provides reliable performance for use cases ranging from office applications, to media consumption, web communication and collaboration, and cloud access, to name a few. Additionally, powered by IGEL OS and offering enhanced security features including UEFI Secure Boot validation which prevents the manipulation of the boot sequence and subsequent execution of malware, the new IGEL UD2 enables IT organizations to confidently future proof their investment in the UD2.”
The IGEL UD2 features a slim design that is 50% smaller than the previous UD2 model, making it ideal for space-constrained workplaces. Further, the IGEL UD2 is manufactured using 30% recycled plastic, making it an environmentally friendly hardware option.
With an integrated Intel Atom quad-core processor featuring turbo boost frequency of 1.04GHz to 2GHz, the IGEL UD2 increases performance by 35%. Other enhanced features include extended connectivity with five USB ports offering a comprehensive range of USB adapter options including USB 3.2 for faster file transfer, and dual view with the ability to connect a second monitor via DisplayPort with 2K 60Hz resolution that supports high performance graphics.
In order to manage the IGEL UD2, IT departments can use IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS), a single endpoint management and control solution.
“IGEL offers high-quality hardware solutions that are optimized for the delivery of virtual and cloud-enabled desktops,” said Scott Williams, Director Infrastructure and Solution Services, Sirius. “IGEL’s new UD2 is a high-performance endpoint, designed for today’s space-constrained workspaces, which offers clients the flexibility and scalability needed for their graphics-intensive applications, including video communications and collaboration.”