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March 20, 2013

Thin client shipments to grow 6.2% in 2013: report

Growth will be driven bydemand from healthcare entities, financial institutions, and public-sector customers.

By CBR Staff Writer

Thin client shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) are expected to grow 6.2% in 2013, according to the report by IDC.

In 2012, the EMEA region reported 9.2% year over year growth to over 1.7 million units driven by demand from healthcare entities, financial institutions, and public-sector customers that are looking for a centralised desktop environment.

IDC senior research analyst, Oleg Sidorkin, said that though the commercial desktop PC shipments are shrinking, the thin client market remains buoyant.

"We expect total thin client shipments in 2013 to grow fastest in France, Germany, and Russia – at more than 10%," Sidorkin added.

"As the lifecycle of the current PC installed base among many companies is coming to an end, more organizations will consider thin clients as a viable alternative to desktop PCs in the coming years."

According to the report, increased security, easy administration, lower maintenance costs, and lower power consumption are expected to prompt the selection of thin clients over traditional PCs.

In EMEA, Standalone thin clients shipped 96.2% of the total thin client shipments in 2012, while 55% of the total shipments were shipped by HP and Dell during the period.

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