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December 21, 2021
Select LG All-in-One thin clients and desktop computers preloaded with IGEL OS will arrive in the channel next spring. IGEL and LG Business Solutions last week said they will deliver and offer global support for the validated VDI endpoints.
LG Business Solutions is a division of LG Electronics that offers commercial IT products including laptops, displays and digital storage. The systems preconfigured with IGEL OS will include the 24CN650 LG All-in-One and the CL600N desktop thin client. IGEL OS is a Linux operating system that runs VDI images on new and existing PCs and other thin clients.
New cloud-based desktop as-a-service (DaaS) offerings such as Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), Amazon WorkSpaces and more recently Windows 365, among others, have accelerated demand for IGEL OS. Besides Amazon WorkSpaces and Microsoft’s AVD/Windows 365, many Citrix and VMware Workspace One customers use thin clients with IGEL OS.
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LG is the latest OEM that has launched devices with IGEL OS installed at the vendor’s factory. Last month, HP also announced new thin clients installed with IGEL’s Linux-based edge operating system. Furthermore, Lenovo this year added the OS as an option for its thin clients. Also, NComputing rolled out its RX420 Arm architecture Raspberry Pi4 thin client with IGEL OS for Citrix environments.
As a member of IGEL’s Ready alliance, partners purportedly deployed thousands of LG devices with IGEL OS this year.
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“We’ve seen some seriously large transactions with IGEL and LG,” IGEL CEO Jed Ayres recently told Channel Futures.
Much of the demand for LG’s virtual clients comes from health care providers, a core market for the company. Navid Faryar, LG’s end-user client computing executive, recently discussed the partnership during a recent IGEL roadshow event in New York.
“Our success is growing monumentally and IGEL has such a large footprint in the health care space,” he told attendees during the event.
LG Electronics’ Navid Faryar
Among its portfolio of mobile and desktop devices is the 24CN670NK-6N LG All-in-One Thin Client for Medical and Healthcare. Designed for shift workers, the medical grade device has a built-in RFID module.
During his presentation at the IGEL event, Faryar described a deployment for Kaleida Health. The Buffalo, New York, health care provider treats 1 million patients annually. Kaleida Health, which needed to give its clinicians standardized remote and onsite access to its Citrix VDI infrastructure, chose the LG All-in-One 24CK550N thin client.
XenTegra, a Citrix and IGEL partner, handled the configuration and rollout of the systems for Kaleida Health. The deployment started with a few clinicians and has surpassed 300 IGEL OS-based endpoints and 50 remote systems, according to a case study published by IGEL. Kaleida plans to ultimately implement 1,500 LG endpoints with IGEL OS.
CPC decided to invest in the IGEL-LG partnership last year, forming what it calls the IGEL Advantage Group. In that group, CPC has IGEL Advanced Certified consultants. CPC’s president of business development, Bruce Poor, was with Faryar during the IGEL event.
“We really believe in the LG-IGEL partnership,” Poor said. “We can do custom configurations and we even do custom shipping and asset tag inventory.”
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Jeffrey Schwartz has covered the IT industry for nearly three decades, most recently as editor-in-chief of Redmond magazine and executive editor of Redmond Channel Partner. Prior to that, he held various editing and writing roles at CommunicationsWeek, InternetWeek and VARBusiness (now CRN) magazines, among other publications.
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