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  • 3 March 2017 10:05

IGEL extends endpoint management beyond the corporate network

The new IGEL Cloud Gateway software supports the simple, smart and secure anytime, anywhere management of IGEL OS-powered endpoint devices via a standard Internet connection

IGEL, a world leader in the delivery of powerful unified endpoint management (UEM) software, thin clients, zero clients and all-in-one solutions, today announced the introduction of the IGEL Cloud Gateway, a simple, smart and secure software solution that supports anytime, anywhere management of IGEL OS-powered endpoint devices via a standard Internet connection.

Extending the IGEL Universal Management Suite to endpoints located beyond the corporate network, the IGEL Cloud Gateway seamlessly authenticates the connection and securely transfers data between the IGEL UMS and any x86-based device converted into an IGEL-powered endpoint with the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter (UDC), as well as the recently introduced IGEL UD Pocket, all without the need for a virtual private network (VPN) or leased-line solution.

“With a growing number of workers across all vertical markets including government, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, logistics and retail accessing their desktops, applications and data from home or other locations outside their corporate networks, concern over security breaches remains high,” said Matthias Haas, Chief Technology Officer, IGEL Technology. “The IGEL Cloud Gateway addresses these concerns, harnessing the power of the IGEL Universal Management Suite and IGEL OS to close security gaps created by Internet-based communications taking place beyond the perimeter of the corporate network, while supporting standardized endpoint management.”

Simple, Zero-Touch Deployment Setting up the IGEL Cloud Gateway is a quick and easy process that requires no pre-configuration or on premise installation by the IT administrator. And, because the IGEL Cloud Gateway seamlessly integrates within the IGEL solution environment, VARs, MSPs, solution providers and hosted desktop providers can now provide their customers with a holistic endpoint management solution that encompasses the software, services, hardware residing both inside and outside of their corporate networks.

“The IGEL Cloud Gateway makes it possible for IT organisations who are already using IGEL OS-powered endpoint devices, including the IGEL Universal Desktop, the IGEL UD Pocket and converted desktop and laptop computers, to now benefit from a consistent management approach regardless of configuration of their IGEL desktop, or the location of their endpoint,” continued Haas.

Smart Infrastructure and Secure Encryption Among the key challenges faced by IT organisations today when it comes to supporting secure and encrypted Internet-based communications with remote workers include the increasing cost of outsourced VPN and leased-line solutions, and limitations posed by Network Address Translation (NAT) technology, including security, scalability and quality of service.

IT organisations can now leverage IGEL Cloud Gateway to securely and effectively manage end-user devices that reside outside the corporate network without the need for a VPN solution. The IGEL Cloud Gateway eliminates security gaps and can prevent breaches by acting as a virtual tunnel to support secure and encrypted two-way communication that is based on open communications standards, including TSL/SSL encryption and WebSocket protocol, across insecure zones between the IGEL UMS and IGEL OS-powered endpoints via the cloud or network DMZ, authenticating all connected points via public key infrastructure.

Availability and Licensing The IGEL Cloud Gateway, currently supporting IGEL OS version Linux 10.01.310 and later releases, is available now, and can be purchased for either a 1-year or 3-year renewable license.

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