Dell gets Wyse as acquisition bandwagon rolls on

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Dell gets Wyse as acquisition bandwagon rolls on

Alex Scroxton

contract deal siri stafford.jpgDell has announced its second acquisition in the space of a month, forking out an undisclosed sum to  acquire cloud client and cloud software specialist Wyse Technology.

Round Rock's latest purchase, which comes barely three weeks after it bought firewall and UTM vendor SonicWALL, is intended to beef up Dell's own capabilities around desktop virtualisation, and provide new solutions and services opportunities for its enterprise business.

Wyse, which according to IDC ranks top in worldwide thin client shipments, claims to have shipped over 20 million units, with over 200 million people using its products daily. It also comes complete with a handy 180-strong patent portfolio thrown in.

The acquisition will help Dell seize a good chunk of a market that IDC Enterprise Platform Research Group vice president Matt Eastwood said could be worth as much as $15bn (£9.4bn) by 2015.

"The total market should continue to see strong growth globally, with larger revenue and margin opportunities coming from the datacentre infrastructure, cloud and services offerings that are tied to thin client and desktop virtualisation sales," Eastwood said.

Dell End User Computing Solutions president Jeff Clarke added: "The Wyse desktop virtualisation capability complements [our] 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."

Subject to the usual conditions being met, the acquisition is set to close in the second quarter of Dell's fiscal 2013, and is expected to be accretive to earnings in the second half of the year.

Image courtesy: ThinkStock, Siri Stafford

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