Thin clients now as flexible as PCs, claims Igel

Igel Technology has introduced a family of thin clients

Doug Brown, CEO of virtualisation consultancy DABCC, said Universal Desktop ties in well with other trends, such as the rise of cloud computing.

"Previous arguments against thin clients had a lot to do with users' resistance to anything that didn't look and feel like their traditional desktop," he explained. "Igel is helping to usher in a new era of desktop devices, which negate the old arguments by including all of the digital services required to give those users a rich PC-like experience."

Aberdeen Group senior research analyst Jeffrey Hill agreed. "Igel's flexible interoperability approach makes the Universal Desktop a smart companion for any desktop virtualisation solution," he said

Along with the new software, Igel - it's the German for hedgehog, hence the company's logo, but the company has also reverse-engineered it into the acronym Innovative German ELectronics - announced five Universal Desktop hardware platforms with varying capabilities, including one with the device built into a 19-inch LCD monitor. Yeo said he expects the company to add a portable device to the range in the future.

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