Dell announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wyse Technology. Privately held Wyse has staked out a leading position in the thin-client market and with Dell focusing on the enterprise, Wyse products will allow Dell to provide new solutions and services opportunities.
Wyse has a long history of terminals, PCs and thin clients dating back to the 1980’s. Today the company has shipped more than 20 million units, holds more than180 patents, and has more than 3000 resellers worldwide.
“The combination of Wyse and Dell provides us with tremendous growth opportunities for our core desktop virtualization 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,” said Tarkan Maner, president and CEO of Wyse. “We believe that taking this step with Dell is a very natural progression for our business and offers our customers many great advantages not available to them today.”
Dell has been acquiring a number of companies recently, with SonicWall in March and AppAssure in February. Both of those acquisitions provide offerings to protect the cloud environment. The Wyse acquisition positions Dell to lead in thin/zero client and desktop virtualization markets. Just last Friday Dell announced new solutions from its Desktop Virtualization Solutions portfolio, with a DVS Simplified Appliance and DVS Entprise for large-scale rollouts. Like Wyse, Dell adheres to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) model and has integrated technology from both Citrix and VMware.
“Desktop virtualization can help organizations streamline IT management, improve productivity and security, and increase cost efficiency for discrete workloads or usage scenarios,” said Jeff Clarke, president, End User Computing Solutions at Dell. “The Wyse Technology desktop virtualization 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.”
The transaction was approved by the board of directors of each company and additional terms were not disclosed.