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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.

Austin Solution Provider Powers DaaS Offering with IGEL and Parallels
In 2014, Austin-based Trinsic Technologies introduced Anytime Cloud. Anytime Cloud is a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution designed to help SMB clients improve the end user computing experience and streamline business operations. Through Anytime Cloud, customers gain access to the latest cloud and virtualization technologies using IGEL thin clients with Parallels, a virtual application and desktop delivery software application.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Trinsic Technologies is a technology solutions provider focused on delivering managed IT and cloud solutions to SMBs since 2005.

In 2014, Trinsic introduced Anytime Cloud, a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) designed to help SMB clients improve the end user computing experience and streamline business operations. To support Anytime Cloud, the solution provider was looking for a desktop delivery and endpoint management solution that would fulfill a variety of different end user needs and requirements across the multiple industries it serves. Trinsic also wanted a solution that provided ease of management and robust security features for clients operating within regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services.

The solution provider selected the IGEL Universal Desktop (UD) thin clients, the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter (UDC), the IGEL OS and the IGEL Universal Management Suite. As a result, some of the key benefits Trinsic has experienced include ease of management and configuration, security and data protection, improved resource allocation and cost savings.

Strayer University Improves End User Computing Experience with IGEL
Strayer University is leveraging the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter (UDC) and IGEL UD3 to provide faculty, administrators and student support staff with seamless and reliable access to their digital workspaces.
As IT operations manager for Strayer University, Scott Behrens spent a lot of time looking at and evaluating endpoint computing solutions when it came to identifying a new way to provide the University’s faculty, administrators and student support staff with a seamless and reliable end user computing experience.

“I looked at various options including traditional desktops, but due to the dispersed nature of our business, I really wanted to find a solution that was both easy to manage and reasonably priced,

especially for our remote locations where we have limited or no IT staff on premise,” said Behrens. “IGEL fit perfectly into this scenario. Because of IGEL’s simplicity, we are able to reduce the time it takes to get one of our locations up and running from a week, to a day, with little support and very little effort.”

Strayer University first began its IGEL deployment in 2016, with a small pilot program of 30 users in the IGEL UDC. The university soon expanded its deployment, adding the IGEL UD3 and then Samsung All-in-One thin clients outfitted with the IGEL OS and IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS). Strayer University’s IGEL deployment now includes more than 2,000 endpoints at 75 locations across the United States. The university plans to extend its deployment of the IGEL UD3s further as it grows and the need arises to replace aging desktop hardware.
IGEL Delivers Manageability, Scalability and Security for The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group realizes cost-savings; increased productivity; and improved time-to-value with IGEL’s software-defined endpoint management solutions.
In 2016, The Auto Club Group was starting to implement a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution leveraging Citrix XenDesktop on both its static endpoints and laptop computers used in the field by its insurance agents, adjusters and other remote employees. “We were having a difficult time identifying a solution that would enable us to simplify the management of our laptop computers, in particular, while providing us with the flexibility, scalability and security we wanted from an endpoint management perspective,” said James McVicar, IT Architect, The Auto Club Group.

Some of the mobility management solutions The Auto Club has been evaluating relied on Windows CE, a solution that is nearing end-of-life. “We didn’t want to deal with the patches and other management headaches related to a Windows-based solutions, so this was not an attractive option,” said McVicar.

In the search for a mobile endpoint management solution, McVicar and his team came across IGEL and were quickly impressed. McVicar said, “What first drew our attention to IGEL was the ability to leverage the IGEL UDC to quickly and easily convert our existing laptop computers into an IGEL OS-powered desktop computing solution, that we could then manage via the IGEL UMS. Because IGEL is Linux-based, we found that it offered both the functionality and stability we needed within our enterprise.”

As The Auto Club Group continues to expand its operations, it will be rolling out additional IGEL OS-powered endpoints to its remote workers, and expects its deployment to exceed 400 endpoints once the project is complete.

The Auto Club Group is also looking at possibly leveraging the IGEL Cloud Gateway, which will help bring more performance and functionality to those working outside of the corporate WAN.
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.

Examining the Effectiveness of Digital Twins in Network Modeling
A 451 Research survey examined the prevalence and effectiveness of shared data models and “digital twins” in network modeling from the perspectives of cloud, network, and security operations, examining how approaches to data sharing impacted each role and the interaction between these job functions. The survey responses illustrate the effectiveness of digital twins and indicate the relative digital maturity of each job function, showing where there is potential to improve efficiency.
A 451 Research survey examined the prevalence and effectiveness of shared data models and “digital twins” in network modeling from the perspectives of cloud, network, and security operations, examining how approaches to data sharing impacted each role and the interaction between these job functions.

The survey responses illustrate the effectiveness of digital twins and indicate the relative digital maturity of each job function, showing where there is potential to improve efficiency.
LIQUIT HELPS TEXAS A&M'S IODP ADVANCE RESEARCH COLLABORATION WITH APPLICATION ACCESS EASE
Texas A&M University Research Foundation’s International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) coordinates seagoing expeditions to study Earth’s history recorded in sediments and rocks beneath the ocean floor. The IODP 6 person IT and help desk team could not efficiently deploy, maintain, and update all applications and devices across its onshore team of 137 researchers, project managers, analyst, and publication/administrative support personnel.
The IODP IT team chose the Liquit end-to-end application management platform, including Liquit Workspace integrated with Liquit Access Manager and Liquit Release & Patch Management. This would provide fast and reliable anywhere any device applications and services access that end users demanded.

With the entire IODP team now using the Liquit platform, application deployment has gone from hours to minutes. Automation and the self-service approach of the Liquit Setup Store has dramatically reduced help desk inquiries and freed up over 20 percent of IT team time that they now devote to other projects.
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.

Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Small & Medium Businesses
Explore essential SMB backup and disaster recovery strategies in this comprehensive guide. Learn about backup methodologies, cost-effective backup solutions, data loss prevention, high-availability options and more to safeguard your business data.
Unlock the key to safeguarding your small to medium-sized business (SMB) against data loss and disasters with our "Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for SMB." Discover how to develop effective backup strategies tailored to SMB needs, prevent data loss through reliable methodologies, implement cost-effective backup solutions without compromising security, and explore high-availability options to ensure business continuity. Empower your SMB with the knowledge and tools needed to build robust backup and disaster recovery plans, securing your valuable data and ensuring uninterrupted business operations.