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IGEL Supports Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0

Partnership strengthens IGEL's market position as the world's leading vendor of Linux-based thin clients

IGEL now supports Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0. IGEL customers will now be able to leverage IGEL's support of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 to deploy distributed high-performance, scalable and secure Virtual Desktop solutions.

Reading, UK January 19, 2012 - IGEL Technology, the world's leading provider of Linux-based thin clients, today announced its support of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0. The powerful remote-display protocol SPICE in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization has already been available in IGEL thin client hardware and software for some time. Now IGEL will be among the first manufacturer to support Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 in line with its general availability this week. This means that IGEL Universal Desktop thin clients running IGEL Linux are among the first devices to support Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, which allows virtualized Windows or Linux desktops to be provisioned in a secure and economical manner and accessed via the high-performance SPICE protocol from different enterprise locations. This leads to manageability benefits for large-scale deployments.

With Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization support, IGEL's customers can benefit from the scalability and performance of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to deploy large-scale VDI systems with higher densities, simplified management, improved costs and a superior end-user experience.

A short log-on procedure: IGEL appliance mode
Focused on continuously improving its customers' experience, IGEL has also adapted its own in-house-developed appliance mode for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops. This optional setting speeds up the log-on process and minimizes user interaction by bypassing the local thin client user interface. Only a few seconds after the IGEL thin client has been switched on, the log-on screen for the virtual desktop is displayed. When the appliance mode is disabled, IGEL thin clients also allow parallel access to other centralized IT infrastructures such as IBM mainframes, Windows Remote Desktop Services or other cloud services.

"Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 brings a new strategic virtualization alternative to enterprises," said Navin Thadani, senior director, Virtualization Business at Red Hat. "Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 features an integrated high-performance, scalable and secure VDI solution. IGEL's rapid implementation and support of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 allows our joint customers to leverage this integration and improve the manageability, security and policy enforcement of their desktop environments while at the same time providing a great end-user desktop experience."

"We are pleased to be able to pass the improvements that Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 offers in centralized provisioning of virtual desktops directly on to our customers," states Florian Spatz, Product Marketing Manager at IGEL Technology, who also points out that, "this partnership strengthens our market position as the world's leading vendor of Linux-based thin clients and presents our customers with attractively priced solution options for enterprise-wide provisioning of virtual desktops."

To download a free, fully supported 60-day trial of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, visit www.redhat.com/rhev3.

About IGEL Technology
IGEL Technology is one of the world's major manufacturers of thin client hardware and software and is the market leader in Germany. IGEL develops, makes and sells Linux-based and Microsoft Windows-based terminals in various designs, including conventional desktop thin clients and devices integrated into LCD monitors. When it comes to software, IGEL also offers its powerful, productive Universal Desktop Converter (UDC). The UDC software equips older PCs as well as thin clients and nettops from selected third party companies with the latest IGEL Universal Desktop firmware. A typical feature of IGEL is the universal access to centralized IT infrastructures. This Universal Desktop strategy allows IGEL customers great flexibility in selecting a server-based solution. To implement this, IGEL has integrated a broad range of software clients, tools and protocols in its powerful firmware solution. In addition to permitting conventional forms of access to Server Based Computing in Windows, Citrix and Linux, these services also allow direct access to virtual desktops (VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, RedHat etc.), legacy host, SAP, Java and Web-based applications as well as VoIP. For the greatest possible security, all IGEL devices also support VPN and smartcard use. All Universal Desktop models can be centrally administered in a convenient, standardized and economical manner using the IGEL Universal Management Suite, which comes standard with the management software included with each unit. Furthermore, IGEL's collaboration with experienced, capable partners and IT-sector specialists allows it to supply fast and flexible customized solutions right on location whenever necessary.

IGEL Technology is a member of the global Melchers Group and a member of BITKOM. In addition to having its headquarters in Bremen, Germany and its R&D department in Augsburg, Germany, IGEL is represented through a subsidiary in Great Britain as well as by representative offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Peking. Beyond this, IGEL is also active through partner distributors and Authorized IGEL Partners in the United States and over 50 other countries.

Further information is available on the Internet at www.igel.com.

IGEL is a registered trademark of IGEL Technology GmbH. All hardware and software names are brand names or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. All other herein named or otherwise recognizable brands and registered brand names for goods and services are the property of their respective owners. Errors and omissions excepted. Specifications subject to change without notice.

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