IGEL Technology announced UK growth of 300% in its Universal Desktop Converter software for the first half of the calendar year, underlining the importance of the rapidly emerging thin client conversion software market. Customers are using the IGEL conversion software to give old PCs and competitor thin clients a new lease of life with a standardised and fast IGEL thin operating system. This approach allows businesses to cost effectively extend the life of their current desktops to deliver a Server-Based Computing architecture or to produce a shorter return on investment when migrating to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment.
IGEL’s UDC software allows IT environments with mixed desktop hardware, such as PCs or thin clients from different manufacturers, to be standardized at low cost and to be efficiently and securely managed over a network, or over the Internet, by means of one interface.
With the cost savings that desktop standardization and standardized remote management brings, customers are able to cushion the impact of costs for centralization or VDI projects. For example, savings of up to 70% compared to PC-based workstations, help to balance out the investment and licensing costs incurred when centralizing and modernizing operations in the data center.
“We expect to see this conversion growth trend continue as businesses look for efficient and effective ways to convert to a centralised or virtual desktop environment,” said Simon Richards, IGEL UK General Manager. “Conversion is perfect for organizations that want to begin the transition to more effective desktop management and savings immediately but do not want to invest in new thin client hardware from day one.”
Miroslav Sykora, Research Analyst, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, at IDC CEMA, commented: "The increasing need for more efficient end user computing approaches is driving growth of 7.6% year-on-year in the UK thin client market. Control, management and cost stand out as major reasons in support of this market development."
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