IGEL, AMD Team Up to Provide High-Performance VDI Computing

Due to its alliance with AMD, IGEL now features AMD’s second-generation Embedded G-Series SoC in its UD3 virtual desktop products.


IGEL, which makes endpoint management software for the enterprise, revealed June12 that it is optimizing its IGEL UD3 software-defined thin clients to the second-generation AMD Embedded G-Series system-on-a-chip (SoC), the GX-424. 

In April, IGEL announced the integration of the AMD Embedded R-Series SoC with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics into its newly introduced IGEL UD7 thin client. Capable of high-performance, multi-monitor end-user computing, the IGEL UD7 features two 4K DisplayPort connectors at 60Hz and one 2K DisplayPort connector at 60Hz, with expansion capabilities to include one additional 2K DisplayPort connector at 60Hz, and Secure Boot validation.

Similar to the IGEL UD7, the IGEL UD3 provides secure access to modern workspaces, and is designed for end-user computing environments where there is demand for high-quality video streaming and multi-monitor support. 

IGEL built its early reputation in enterprise virtual desktop installations and now has evolved into an international provider in endpoint management software for virtualized workplaces.

How Virtual Desktops and Virtual Workplaces Differ

A virtualized workplace is similar to a virtual desktop implementation (VDI), except that the central processing is done in the cloud rather than in a data center or in some other onsite system location. Another major difference is that the workspace also can be used on tablets and smartphones, whereas VDI is generally limited to thin clients and desktop or laptop PCs.

IGEL, which has been working with AMD on VDI deployments for several years, claims that it is the only fully-supported workspace-as-a-service infrastructure designed specifically for a mobile workforce.

The IGEL UD3 with its integrated AMD Embedded G-Series SoC offers a high-definition multimedia experience with one 4K DisplayPort connectors at 60Hz and one DVI-I connector. Also, the IGEL UD3 features up to 4GB DDR4 RAM, offers support for Citrix HDX RealTime Media Engine (RTME) 2.4, and has passed all Citrix Ready HDX certification levels including HDX Technology, HDX Premium and HDX 3D Pro. The UD3 is also certified by Citrix for Skype for Business video conferencing capabilities. 

Through the IGEL OS, IT organizations can future-proof their investments in the IGEL UD3 through regular software upgrades that include hardware acceleration, while at the same time enhancing the security of their endpoints by preventing malware and other cyberthreats, the company said.

Managed by IGEL's Universal Management Suite

The IGEL UD3 is managed through the IGEL Universal Management Suite, which provides IT organizations with automated backend control of their IGEL endpoints, freeing them up to focus on strategic initiatives. Purpose-built to simplify complex enterprise environments, the IGEL UMS supports a diverse array of devices and operating systems and enables IT organizations to add and remove endpoint devices, and perform software upgrades as needed or required, the company said.

The IGEL UD3 also comes pre-configured to support industry-leading virtualization protocols, including Citrix HDX, Microsoft RDP/Remote FX or VMware Horizon Blast Extreme. Organizations can add or re-configure these supported virtualization protocols leveraging the IGEL UMS to quickly transition between protocols, and make changes to their entire network of thin clients, or a specific endpoint. 

IGEL UD3 with the AMD Embedded G-Series SoC is available now and can be purchased through IGEL’s network of platinum- and gold-level partners, authorized IGEL Partners (AIPs) and resellers.

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Chris Preimesberger

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