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April 2, 2012

Dell aims for desktop virtualisation boost with Wyse buy

'Cloud client computing' vendor becomes third Dell acquisition is quick succession

By Vinod

Dell has given its desktop virtualisation offering a boost with the acquisition of Wyse technology, which describes itself as a cloud client computing vendor.

Financial details were not disclosed.

Wyse offers a combination of services, software and hardware for the running and management of desktops from a centralised location – desktop virtualisation. It offers both thin and zero clients – stripped down PCs that connect up to a server and run from there, rather than having a full PC sitting on a desktop. They form a central part of a virtualised desktop environment.

Wyse says it has shipped more than 20 million thin client units worldwide, which are used by 200 million people worldwide.

As well as thin clients, Wyse also offers endpoint management, virtualisation software and software that enables users to connect their mobile devices to cloud infrastructures.

It is Wyse’s desktop virtualisation technologies that have caught Dell’s eye, says Jeff Clarke, president, End User Computing Solutions at Dell.

"Desktop virtualisation can help organisations streamline IT management, improve productivity and security, and increase cost efficiency for discrete workloads or usage scenarios," he said in a statement. "The Wyse Technology desktop virtualisation capability complements Dell’s strongest-ever device and computing solutions portfolio, and strengthens our position in offering customers among the broadest set of computing choices from the edge to the core to the cloud."

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"The combination of Wyse and Dell provides us with tremendous growth opportunities for our core desktop virtualisation business, helps us expand into new and fast-growing market segments including mobility and cloud computing, and provides us with reach and scale we did not previously have," added Tarkan Maner, president and CEO, Wyse Technology.

This is the second desktop virtualisation related announcement from Dell today, following news of a new range of products serving this space.

It also signals the third recent acquisition for Dell, following moves for backup player AppAssure and firewall firm SonicWall.

Dell expects the Wyse Technology acquisition to close during the second quarter of its FY13.

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