IGEL Universal Desktops First to be Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager- Ready

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Simplifying the management of thin clients for large enterprises

This is no longer the case with IGEL. IGEL's Windows Embedded Standard Universal Desktops are now SCCM-Client ready, allowing large enterprises to manage their thin clients using exactly the same management software as their other Windows-based computer systems.

IGEL Technology, the world's third largest thin client vendor (2008 by revenue, IDC), today announced that its Windows Embedded Standard Universal Desktops were the first thin clients to be Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager-ready (SCCM). The solution removes a major barrier for large enterprises using SCCM, helping them to deploy and manage IGEL thin clients using their existing management software. Microsoft's Windows Embedded Standard is the first thin client operating system to be approved by Microsoft for use with the SCCM.

"In the past, large enterprises running Microsoft's SCCM have had the added challenge of having to introduce additional specialist management software for any thin clients," said Erhard Behnke, US president at IGEL Technology Ltd. "This is no longer the case with IGEL. IGEL's Windows Embedded Standard Universal Desktops are now SCCM-Client ready, allowing large enterprises to manage their thin clients using exactly the same management software as their other Windows-based computer systems."

IGEL has updated its Windows Embedded Standard firmware for the Universal Desktops with the essential components required for the customer to be able to install the SCCM management client. The solution means that IT departments running SCCM will continue to be able to use just one management system for remote control, patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment and hardware and software inventory.

For those IT departments requiring the richer functionality of IGEL's specialist management software, IGEL's Universal Management Suite 3.0 software will continue to come bundled free with all IGEL thin clients.

The SCCM-ready IGEL Windows Embedded Standard Universal Desktops are available today. A firmware upgrade is also available now, free of charge, and can be downloaded at http://www.myigel.com

About IGEL Technology
IGEL Technology is the world's third largest client vendor by revenue and is market leader in its home country of Germany (2008 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® Xen or Microsoft®, terminal services, legacy applications via Ericom® PowerTerm® terminal emulation, web, Java, SAP and VoIP. Form factors include traditional desktops, integrated LCD units, quad screens and PC to thin client conversion cards. All IGEL thin clients come with the bundled, easy to use, IGEL Universal Management Suite, giving you maximum remote control with the minimum cost and hassle. All devices support smart cards for maximum security.

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