IGEL Halts Hardware Production, Partners with Device Manufacturers

IGEL announced it is ending production of IGEL-branded hardware and is partnering with leading device manufacturers HP, Lenovo and LG, to deliver its managed endpoint operating system for the modern workplace.

“We believe that the timing couldn’t be better to become singularly focused on the delivery of a software platform that improves security and manageability at the endpoint, enhances productivity and optimizes the employee experience,” said Jed Ayres, CEO, IGEL. “Through our alliances with HP, Lenovo and LG, we are also expanding our global reach and doubling down on innovation that enables our partners and customers to derive more value from the investments they are making in Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware VDI, DaaS and SaaS solutions.”

After nearly 20 years of market leadership as a thin client manufacturer in Germany and a global leader, IGEL began its pivot in 2016 to a software-focused company.

“Expanding the global adoption of our endpoint operating system was the right decision, especially at a time when there is more demand than ever for a more secure, manageable, cost-effective and rich Windows experience across a growing array of endpoint devices that support today’s hybrid work environments,” Ayres said. “We would like to thank Arrow Electronics and their Intelligent Solutions Group for their guidance and support in helping us successfully make this transition.”

HP, Lenovo, and LG are all members of IGEL Ready, an extensive partner ecosystem featuring more than 120 providers of software, hardware and peripheral solutions that have been validated for integration with IGEL OS. IGEL Ready gives technology partners the ability to reach more than 3 million IGEL OS-powered endpoints, more than 17,000 IGEL customers, and thousands of resellers who address a variety of end-user use cases and environments. IGEL also hosts an active and growing EUC community with more than 10,000 members.

Integrated endpoint devices from HPLenovo, and LG, that are IGEL OS certified and supported are showcased on dedicated pages demonstrating the transition partners and customers can make in the delivery of IGEL OS through these partners. A limited supply of IGEL-branded hardware is still available from authorized distributors and resellers with promotional programs running through Q1’23, or until inventory has been depleted. IGEL will continue to support its five-year warranty for new and previously purchased hardware systems.

“IGEL and LG have built a very productive partnership so far, and with IGEL’s strategic decision to focus on the software platform, our partnership will grow stronger with LG offering competitive endpoint devices powered by IGEL’s platform. The availability of IGEL OS on LG’s All-in-One, Desktop, and Mobile Thin Clients will provide enhanced end-customer benefits and employee experience for a broad range of vertical markets including healthcare, financial services, education, and the public sector,”  said Young Jae Seo, SVP of IT Business Unit, LG Electronics

“Our collaboration with IGEL provides hybrid workforces with superior options for digital workspaces,” said Alex Thatcher, at HP Cloud Clients. “Available on a range of HP’s industry-leading thin client platforms, IGEL delivers a rich user experience that is secure, easy to manage, and cost-effective.” 

Lenovo’s Senior Solutions Manager Andy Nieto added, “The shift to hybrid work has challenged many organizations that must now manage widespread VDI, DaaS and SaaS deployments. IGEL provides a simple, more secure, and cost-effective way to deliver these applications, and when combined with Lenovo’s end-user computing solutions for the modern workplace, gives any business, from SMBs to global enterprises, the ability to enable more secure, productive hybrid work while reducing the cost and complexity of managing desktops and users.”

In the meantime, IGEL brings the active EUC industry together every year at the DISRUPT End User Computing (EUC) Forum. DISRUPT EUC will return in 2023 as two large, multi-day events featuring industry innovators and thought leaders, a technical boot camp, and an expo with hands-on demonstrations from IGEL ecosystem partners.

The 2023 DISRUPT EUC Forum will take place Feb. 14-16 in Munich, followed by the North America event, April 3-5, in Nashville, Tenn. Discounted registration for the events is available at $199 through Dec, 31. Use the code EARLYBIRD. Beginning Jan. 1, registration will be $399 per person. To register, visit: www.disruptEUC.com.