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UNC Health Care Leverages IGEL in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Deployment
UNC Health Care selected IGEL Universal Desktop Converter (UDC) and IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) for simplicity, cost-savings and security. This document outlines key findings on how IGEL helps organizations manage entire fleets of thin clients from a single console. In addition, you will see how IGEL Universal Desktop Converter provides IT organizations with the flexibility they need to convert any compatible thin client, desktop or laptop computer into an IGEL thin client solution, wi

UNC Health Care selects IGEL Universal Desktop Converter (UDC) and IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) for simplicity, cost-savings and security.

“The need to provide users with access to their desktops from any device anywhere, anytime is driving a growing number of IT organizations to migrate toward VDI environments,” said Simon Clephan, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, IGEL. “One of the key advantages that IGEL brings to the table is the simplicity that comes from being able to manage an entire fleet of thin clients from a single console. Additionally, the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter provides IT organizations with the flexibility they need to convert any compatible thin client, desktop or laptop computer into an IGEL thin client solution, without having to make an upfront investment in new hardware to support their virtualized infrastructures.” 

UNC Health Care selected the IGEL UDC and UMS software for its Citrix VDI deployment following a “bake-off” between thin client solutions. “IGEL won hands down due the simplicity and superiority of its management capabilities,” said James Cole, Technical Architect, UNC Health Care. “And, because the IGEL UDC software is designed to quickly and efficiently convert existing endpoint hardware into IGEL Linux OS-powered thin clients, we knew that by selecting the IGEL solution we would also realize a significant reduction in our capital expenditures.”

Since initiating the deployment of the IGEL UDC and UMS software, UNC Health Care has also experienced significant time savings. “Prior to deploying the IGEL UDC and UMS software, it took our team 25-30 minutes to create a virtual image on each system, not counting the personalization of the system for each use case, now that process takes less than 10 minutes, and even less time when converting the system to VDI roaming,” added Cole.

Additionally, the ease of integration between the IGEL UDC and IGEL UMS with Citrix XenDesktop and other solutions offered by Citrix Ecosystem partners, including Imprivata, has enabled secure access to the health care network’s Epic Systems’ Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.

IGEL Powers Rich Multimedia Computing Experience for Fulton Financial Corporation
In an effort to optimize the productivity of its employees and enable them to have more time to focus on their customers, Fulton sought to upgrade the thin clients for its Citrix application virtualization infrastructure. With the help of its Citrix partner and IGEL Platinum Partner, Plan B Technologies, Fulton selected the IGEL Universal Desktop (UD6) thin clients featuring Intel Celeron J1900 Quad-Core processors and the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS).

Fulton Financial Corporation has a long and storied history that began in 1882 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where local merchants
and farmers organized Fulton National Bank. The bank’s name was chosen to honor Lancaster County native Robert Fulton, the inventor and artist best known for designing and building the Clermont, the first successful steamboat.

In an effort to optimize the productivity of its employees and enable them to have more time to focus on their customers, Fulton sought to upgrade the thin clients for its Citrix application virtualization infrastructure, with the help of its Citrix partner and IGEL Platinum Partner, Plan B Technologies.

In selecting a desktop computing solution to support its Citrix application virtualization infrastructure, Fulton had one unique business requirement, they were looking for a solution that would mirror the experience provided by a Windows PC, without actually being a Windows PC.

During the evaluation process, Fulton looked at thin clients from IGEL and another leading manufacturer, conducting a “bake-off” of several models including the IGEL Universal Desktop (UD6). Fulton like the fact that IGEL is forward- thinking in designing its desktop computing solutions, and began its IGEL roll-out by purchasing 2,300 IGEL UD6 thin clients in 2016 for its headquarters and branch offices, and plans to complete the roll out of IGEL thin clients to the remainder of its 3,700 employees in the coming months. The bank is also leveraging the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) to manage its fleet of IGEL thin clients.

Salem State University Teams with IGEL, Citrix and Nutanix to Deliver Digital Workspaces
Limited IT resources drive need for the IGEL’s robust management features; maturity of Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure, and the simplicity and time-to-value for Nutanix’s hyperconverged infrastructure offering make the combined solution a no-brainer for the university.
When Jake Snyder joined Salem State University’s IT department, the public university located just outside of Boston, Mass. was only using traditional PCs. “95% of the PCs were still on Windows 7 and there was no clear migration path in sight to Windows 10,” recalls Snyder. “Additionally, all updates to these aging desktop computers were being done locally in the university’s computer labs. Management was difficult and time consuming.”

The university realized something had to change, and that was one of the reasons why they brought Snyder on board – to upgrade its end-user computing environment to VDI. Salem State was looking for the security and manageability that a VDI solution could provide. “One of the biggest challenges that the university had been experiencing was managing desktop imaging and applications,” said Snyder. “They wanted to be able to keep their student, faculty and staff end-points up to date and secure, while at the same time easing the troubleshooting process. They weren’t able to do any of this with their current set-up.”

Snyder first saw a demo of the IGEL solution at the final BriForum event in Boston in 2016. “It was great to see IGEL at that event as I had heard a lot of good buzz around their products and solutions, especially from other colleagues in the industry,” said Snyder. “After BriForum, I went back and ordered some evaluation units to test out within our EUC environment.”

What Snyder quickly discovered during the evaluation period was that the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) was not just plug-and-play, like he had expected. “The IGEL UMS was a very customizable solution, and I liked the robust interface,” continued Snyder. “Despite competitive solutions, it was clear from the start that the IGEL devices were going to be easier to use and cheaper in the long run. IGEL really was a ‘no-brainer’ when you consider the management capabilities and five-year warranty they offer on their hardware.”

Salem State University currently has 400 IGEL Universal Desktop software-defined thin clients deployed on its campus including 360 UD3 thin clients, which are the workhorse of the IGEL portfolio, and 40 UD6 thin clients, which support high-end graphics capabilities for multimedia users. Salem State has also purchased IGEL UD Pocket micro thin clients which they are now testing.
PrinterLogic and IGEL Enable Healthcare Organizations to Deliver Better Patient Outcomes
Healthcare professionals need to print effortlessly and reliably to nearby or appropriate printers within virtual environments, and PrinterLogic and IGEL can help make that an easy, reliable process—all while efficiently maintaining the protection of confidential patient information.

Many organizations have turned to virtualizing user endpoints to help reduce capital and operational expenses while increasing security. This is especially true within healthcare, where hospitals, clinics, and urgent care centers seek to offer the best possible patient outcomes while adhering to a variety of mandated patient security and information privacy requirements.

With the movement of desktops and applications into the secure data center or cloud, the need for reliable printing of documents, some very sensitive in nature, remains a constant that can be challenging when desktops are virtual but the printing process remains physical. Directing print jobs to the correct printer with the correct physical access rights in the correct location while ensuring compliance with key healthcare mandates like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is critical.

Healthcare IT needs to keep pace with these requirements and the ongoing printing demands of healthcare. Medical professionals need to print effortlessly and reliably to nearby or appropriate printers within virtual environments, and PrinterLogic and IGEL can help make that an easy, reliable process—all while efficiently maintaining the protection of confidential patient information. By combining PrinterLogic’s enterprise print management software with centrally managed direct IP printing and IGEL’s software-defined thin client endpoint management, healthcare organizations can:

  • Reduce capital and operational costs
  • Support virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and electronic medical records (EMR) systems effectively
  • Centralize and simplify print management
  • Add an essential layer of security from the target printer all the way to the network edge
How to Develop a Multi-cloud Management Strategy
Increasingly, organizations are looking to move workloads into the cloud. The goal may be to leverage cloud resources for Dev/Test, or they may want to “lift and shift” an application to the cloud and run it natively. In order to enable these various cloud options, it is critical that organizations develop a multi-cloud data management strategy.

The primary goal of a multi-cloud data management strategy is to supply data, either via copying or moving data to the various multi-cloud use cases. A key enabler of this movement is the data management software applications. In theory, data protection applications can perform both of the copy and move functions. A key consideration is how the multi-cloud data management experience is unified. In most cases, data protection applications ignore the user experience of each cloud and use their proprietary interface as the unifying entity, which increases complexity.

There are a variety of reasons organizations may want to leverage multiple clouds. The first use case is to use public cloud storage as a backup mirror to an on-premises data protection process. Using public cloud storage as a backup mirror enables the organization to automatically off-site data. It also sets up many of the more advanced use cases.

Another use case is using the cloud for disaster recovery.

Another use case is “Lift and Shift,” which means the organization wants to run the application in the cloud natively. Initial steps in the “lift and shift” use case are similar to Dev/Test, but now the workload is storing unique data in the cloud.

Multi-cloud is a reality now for most organizations and managing the movement of data between these clouds is critical.

IGEL and LG Team to Improve the Digital Experience for Kaleida Health
Bringing secure, easy to manage, and high-performance access to cloud workspaces for Kaleida Health’s clinical and back office support teams, IGEL OS and LG’s All-in- One Thin Clients standardize and simplify the on-site and remote desktop experience with Citrix VDI.

Kaleida Health was looking to modernize the digital experience for its clinicians and back office support staff. Aging and inconsistent desktop hardware and evolving Windows OS support requirements were taxing the organization’s internal IT resources. Further, the desire to standardize on Citrix VDI  for both on-site and remote workers meant the healthcare organization needed to identify a new software and hardware solution that would support simple and secure access to cloud workspaces.

The healthcare organization began the process by evaluating all of the major thin client OS vendors, and determined IGEL to be the leader for multiple reasons – it is hardware agnostic, stable and has a small footprint based on Linux OS, and it offers a great management platform, the IGEL UMS, for both on-site users and remote access.

Kaleida Health also selected LG thin client monitors early on because the All-in-One form factor supports both back office teams and more importantly, clinical areas including WoW carts, letting medical professionals securely log in and access information and resources from one, protected data center.

8 Keys to Achieving Anywhere Operations
Download this whitepaper today for insights on how to achieve an efficient IT operation model that supports end users no matter where they are. You’ll learn about the eight value-added areas and strategic trends that are the keys to achieving anywhere operations.
Learn how you can:
  • Deliver the user experience on any device and make the process simple for users and IT alike.
  • Lighten the load for your IT team by creating a unified workspace for a simple environment that’s easier and faster to manage.
  • Automate cleanup of end users’ workspaces and synchronize applications with the latest versions, all without disrupting end-user productivity.
  • Enable anywhere operations using your preferred cloud — on-premises, public, or hybrid.

Disaster Recovery Guide
In this guide, we provide insights into the challenges, needs, strategies, and available solutions for data protection, especially in modern, digital-centric environments. We explain which benefits and efficiencies Zerto, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, delivers and how it compares to other business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) technologies. Within this guide, we want to provide organizations with the right information to choose the best data protection solution for their needs.

In this guide you will learn about Disaster Recovery planning with Zerto and its impact on business continuity.

In today’s always-on, information-driven business environment, business continuity depends completely on IT infrastructures that are up and running 24/7. Being prepared for any data related disaster – whether natural or man-made – is key to avoiding costly downtime and data loss.

-    The cost and business impact of downtime and data loss can be immense
-    See how to greatly mitigate downtime and data loss with proper DR planning, while achieving RTO’s of minutes and RPO’s of seconds
-    Data loss is not only caused by natural disasters, power outages, hardware failure and user errors, but more and more by man-made disasters such as software problems and cyber security attacks
-    Zerto’s DR solutions are applicable for both on-premise and cloud (DRaaS) virtual environments
-    Having a plan and process in place will help you mitigate the impact of an outage on your business

Download this guide to gain insights into the challenges, needs, strategies, and solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity, especially in modern, virtualized environments and the public cloud.

Why backup is breaking hyper-converged infrastructure and how to fix it
The goal of a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is to simplify how to apply compute, network and storage resources to applications. Ideally, the data center’s IT needs are consolidated down to a single architecture that automatically scales as the organization needs to deploy more applications or expand existing ones. The problem is that the backup process often breaks the consolidation effort by requiring additional independent architectures to create a complete solution.

How Backup Breaks Hyperconvergence

Backup creates several separate architectures outside of the HCI architecture. Each of these architectures need independent management. First, the backup process will often require a dedicated backup server. That server will run on a stand-alone system and then connect to the HCI solution to perform a backup. Second, the dedicated backup server will almost always have its own storage system to store data backed up from the HCI. Third, there are some features, like instant recovery and off-site replication, that require production quality storage to function effectively.

The answer for IT is to find a backup solution that fully integrates with the HCI solution, eliminating the need to create these additional silos.

Making M&A Integration Faster, Cheaper and More Successful with Liquit
Download this eBook today for practical insights on how Liquit can free valuable time for IT teams during and after the M&A process. You’ll learn how Liquit makes it easy for IT to deliver anywhere, any device, any group application access with user context. This ensures faster collaboration and productivity while freeing IT to tackle bigger IT integration projects.

You will also discover how you can:

Quickly Create adaptive and customized M&A workspace

IT teams can quickly set up a branded Liquit Workspace integrated with existing workspaces for a single user interface on the front end while enabling fast individual and group user customization via the back end. This enables you to meet changing user application and platform needs during and after M&A.

Quickly adapt to application user needs

Take application provisioning, updating, and versioning from hours to minutes for hundreds of users, along with access to thousands of curated applications to deliver merging workforce productivity. 

Unify application access provisioning

Eliminate the nightmare of access provisioning across varied on-premises and cloud environments for thousands of users in minutes rather than hours without uprooting native SSO and IAM that are constantly in flux during and after M&A.

Dramatically reduce cost and time expenditures

Eliminate collaboration and communication bottlenecks across on-premises, VDI platforms and clouds while freeing IT time for bigger M&A integration projects and lowering licensing and IT costs.

Analyzing Digital Workspace Cost Savings with Liquidware Digital Workspace Management
When considering a cost savings analysis for desktop management, there are a few key reasons why an organization should embark on this process with Liquidware. Liquidware’s Digital Workspace Management suite covers all phases of desktop changes and management. This means that from initial setup and deployment to ongoing maintenance and updates, Liquidware’s solutions provide comprehensive coverage for all aspects of desktop management.
When considering a cost savings analysis for desktop management, there are a few key reasons why an organization should embark on this process with Liquidware. Liquidware’s Digital Workspace Management suite covers all phases of desktop changes and management. This means that from initial setup and deployment to ongoing maintenance and updates, Liquidware’s solutions provide comprehensive coverage for all aspects of desktop management. This can help to streamline the desktop delivery process and keep workspaces modern, which in turn can lead to increased productivity and competitiveness for the organization. A cost savings analysis with Liquidware helps keep budgets in check. In today’s rapidly evolving business climate, budgets are continually scrutinized in order to keep businesses competitive. By partnering with Liquidware and leveraging our solutions, organizations can realize a quick return on investment and potentially save costs in the long run. Liquidware’s custom Cost Analysis Report and Service provides a valuable resource for enterprise workspace environments. By analyzing and identifying areas where cost savings can be realized, organizations can make informed decisions about desktop management and ensure they are getting the most value out of their investment with Liquidware’s solutions.

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Understanding Windows Server Hyper-V Cluster Configuration, Performance and Security
Explore Hyper-V cluster configuration, performance optimization, and security best practices with this comprehensive whitepaper. Learn how to enhance your Hyper-V environment's reliability and efficiency.
Delve into the world of Hyper-V cluster configuration, performance enhancement, and security reinforcement with our in-depth whitepaper. This resource provides valuable insights into maximizing the potential of your Hyper-V environment. It covers essential topics such as Windows Server Failover Clustering, Hyper-V configuration best practices, networking considerations, advanced virtual machine network configuration, iSCSI storage design, VHDX file format optimization, and event log troubleshooting for Hyper-V. Discover the benefits of using System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and gain a clear understanding of when it's required. Whether you're an IT professional managing virtualized environments or an organization seeking to improve its Hyper-V infrastructure, this whitepaper equips you with the knowledge needed to achieve a robust, high-performing, and secure Hyper-V setup.