Value Added Resellers and Systems Integrators Involved in Desktop Virtualisation Can Now Enjoy the Combination of IGEL’s Critically Acclaimed Universal Desktop Range with the Service, Support and Complementary Technology Portfolio of IQ Sys Ltd.
Reading, UK – July 10, 2008 – IGEL Technology, the world’s third largest thin client vendor with its virtualisation-oriented Universal Desktop range, today announced a new distribution agreement with IQ Sys Ltd, the UK’s leading Citrix distributor. In the past two years, IQ Sys has won five Citrix Distributor Awards including the categories “Best Distributor”, “Best Market Development” and “Fastest Growing”.
UK resellers and systems integrators involved in delivering desktop virtualisation now have access to the complete IGEL range of 20 different Universal Desktop models plus the most powerful remote management software in the industry. IGEL devices support 14 different hypervisors, four different virtualisation brokers, and support the 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 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.
“There is a rapidly growing demand for desktop virtualisation from companies looking to reduce costs and increase the flexibility of their systems,” said David Turner, IQ Sys vendor development manager. “Our new partnership with IGEL, combined with our existing partnerships with Citrix, Gemalto and Thinprint, now allow us to offer a total virtual desktop solution to the market.”
Simon Richards, UK general manager for IGEL Technology, commented: “IQ Sys is one of the most experienced distributors in the existing server-based computing and rapidly emerging virtualisation markets. This relationship will ensure our resellers and end users continue to receive the high quality of service they have come to expect from IGEL.”
The IGEL Technology range 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 desktop virtualisation solutions 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 organisations 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.
About IQ Sys
Established in 1983, IQ Sys Ltd is an award-winning solutions provider, distributing quality access infrastructure, virtualisation, networking and security solutions to the UK reseller channel. Through a deep understanding of technology, the market and customer needs, they combine a unique portfolio of vendor products and a comprehensive support offering to enable customers to generate maximum levels of efficiency, productivity and value from their IT infrastructure.
About IGEL Technology
IGEL Technology is the world’s third largest thin client vendor and is market leader in its home country of Germany (2007 IDC). The company produces one of the industry’s widest range of thin clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows, giving customers access to almost any form of server-based infrastructure and application including virtual PCs from VMware®, Citrix® or Microsoft®, terminal services, mainframe terminal emulation, web, Java, SAP and VoIP. Form factors include traditional desktops, mobile tablets, integrated LCD units, quad screens and PC to thin client conversion cards. All IGEL thin clients come with the bundled, easy to use, IGEL Remote Management software, giving you maximum remote control with the minimum cost and hassle. All devices support smart cards for maximum security.
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