IGEL evolves into a workspace management provider with UMS 5
The fifth edition of the Universal Management Suite (UMS 5) makes remote management of IGEL clients more efficient and expands the standardized endpoint management system to include any terminal devices running Windows 7. This additional functionality (Unified Management Agent) will help IGEL enter the workspace management market beyond pure administration of IGEL hardware and software thin clients. In addition, customers can benefit from integrating the UMS into their existing enterprise management system with the new IGEL Management Interface.
With the new release of the Universal Management Suite 5 (UMS 5), IGEL is again reducing the cost and effort involved in endpoint management for customers and partners with two strategic innovations: The IGEL Unified Management Agent for Windows 7 and the IGEL Management Interface (IMI), which enables simple, optional integration of the UMS into an existing enterprise management system. There are also performance improvements, functional simplifications and a newly designed user interface with additional two languages.
Strategic new feature: Administration of terminal devices with Windows 7
The IGEL Unified Management Agent for Windows 7 enables devices with Windows Professional or Embedded Standard 7 installed to be remotely administered and securely centrally managed in the standardized UMS console, alongside thin and zero clients and PCs and notebooks with the IGEL Linux operating systems (software thin clients).
This new functionality is ideal for customers that want to continue to operate their PCs and notebooks with the Windows operating system but still want to benefit from the IGEL UMS central management capabilities. The Universal Management Agent for Windows 7 can be licensed and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The IGEL Management Interface (IMI)
Using the optional IGEL Management Interface (IMI), the UMS 5 can now provide integrated endpoint management under an existing enterprise management system. As a standardized REST API, the UMS 5 allows large organizations to administer all IGEL thin and zero clients within their IT infrastructure quickly and easily by means of existing systems, such as Microsoft SCCM or IBM Tivoli. The solution is also suitable for system integrators and suppliers of Client as a service (Claas) solutions for multiple customers.
Modern look and feel, and more performance
Customers using the latest UMS 5, which comes as standard with all IGEL client solutions, will notice the new look & feel with modern designed icons, quickly followed by the enhanced performance. Navigation is faster thanks to a tree structure: Terminal devices, profiles and other infrastructure detail now load in the user interface far more quickly. IGEL has also added two additional languages and keyboard layouts for Spanish and Italian.
Functional improvements for everyday work
The practical tools that make administrators’ work even easier include new comparison and import functions. With comparison, differences between two configuration profiles can be seen at a glance, allowing older configurations to be quickly brought up-to-date. The import functionality means the current configuration of an IGEL client installed in the field can be imported as a profile into the UMS, so that it can be easily assigned to other clients or a client group by drag & drop.
“With this fifth major release, we aim to continue the success story of the IGEL UMS,” states Matthias Haas, Director Product Management at IGEL Technology. “It’s not only customers with their own IT department who benefit from the greater potential for optimizing and standardizing client management, but also IGEL partners who are service providers offering client-as-a-service models boasting extensive, secure and cost-effective endpoint management.”
Price and availability
The new IGEL Universal Management Suite 5 (UMS 5) will ship with all IGEL thin and zero clients, as well as the thin client software IGEL Universal Desktop Converter 2 (UDC2) from October 14th 2015. It will be available to downloaded free of charge from www.myigel.biz.
Please refer to the separate press releases for more information on the IGEL Unified Management Agent for Windows 7 (UMA) and the IGEL Management Interface (IMI). The REST API interface IMI will be available from October 14th and the IGEL UMA will follow in the fourth quarter of 2015.