IGEL Technology has introduced two new solutions that make it easy for employees to access their virtual desktops from anywhere with simple and secure management built in for IT administrators.
IGEL UD Pocket is a revolutionary micro thin client solution designed to improve the security of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives in organisations with remote or mobile workforces.
No larger than a paper clip, users simply plug the UD pocket into the USB port of their device to provide instant access to their corporate virtual desktop, without overwriting the local operating system (OS).
With the IGEL UD Pocket, the IGEL Linux 10 desktop can be accessed from any USB-bootable PC, laptop, tablet or thin client that meets the minimum requirements of an x86, 64-bit processor and 2 GB RAM. Available in a USB 3.0 form factor with backward compatibility to USB 2.0, the IGEL UD Pocket measures 22.4mm x 12.2mm x 6mm and weighs 3 grams. The device also features an industry-grade 8GB memory module, and the high-quality metal chassis is resistant to dust, shock and water.
Designed to provide IT organisations with greater autonomy, and the agility and flexibility they need to quickly scale their IGEL deployments, the IGEL UD Pocket can be purchased through IGEL channel partners in Europe. Additionally, licensing for the IGEL UD Pocket is assigned to the USB stick, independent of the MAC address of the target endpoint. This flexibility to roam from one device to another, along with regular IGEL firmware updates, offers IT organisations a revolutionary, yet simple solution to their endpoint management challenges.
No need for VPN
The new IGEL Cloud Gateway software supports the simple, smart and secure anytime, anywhere management of IGEL OS-powered endpoint devices via a standard Internet connection
The IGEL Cloud Gateway seamlessly authenticates the connection and securely transfers data from any x86-based device converted into an IGEL-powered endpoint with the IGEL UD Pocket, all without the need for a virtual private network (VPN) or leased-line solution.
“With a growing number of workers accessing their desktops, applications and data from home or other locations outside their corporate networks, concern over security breaches remains high,” said Ainsley Brooks, IGEL’s UK & Ireland country manager. “The IGEL Cloud Gateway addresses these concerns while supporting standardised endpoint management.”
Simple, Zero-Touch Deployment
Setting up the IGEL Cloud Gateway is a quick and easy process that requires no pre-configuration or on premise installation by the IT administrator. And, because the IGEL Cloud Gateway seamlessly integrates within the IGEL solution environment, VARs, MSPs, solution providers and hosted desktop providers can now provide their customers with a holistic endpoint management solution that encompasses the software, services, hardware residing both inside and outside of their corporate networks.
“The IGEL Cloud Gateway makes it possible for IT organisations who are already using IGEL OS-powered endpoint devices, including the IGEL Universal Desktop, the IGEL UD Pocket and converted desktop and laptop computers, to now benefit from a consistent management approach regardless of configuration of their IGEL desktop, or the location of their endpoint,” continued Brooks.
Smart Infrastructure and Secure Encryption
Among the key challenges faced by IT organisations today when it comes to supporting secure and encrypted Internet-based communications with remote workers include the increasing cost of outsourced VPN and leased-line solutions, and limitations posed by Network Address Translation (NAT) technology, including security, scalability and quality of service.
IT organisations can now leverage IGEL Cloud Gateway to securely and effectively manage end-user devices that reside outside the corporate network without the need for a VPN solution. The IGEL Cloud Gateway eliminates security gaps and can prevents breaches by acting as a virtual tunnel to support secure and encrypted two-way communications that is based on open communications standards, including TSL/SSL encryption and WebSocket protocol, across insecure zones between the IGEL UMS and IGEL OS-powered endpoints via the cloud or network DMZ, authenticating all connected points via public key infrastructure.