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Dell Continues End-to-End Shopping Spree with Plans to Acquire Wyse Technology

Dell is on a mission to be the one stop shop for IT needs within enterprise and SMB operations, by purchasing several companies and signing various strategic partnerships during the first quarter of 2012. So perhaps Dell has made a wise move with its plans to acquire Wyse Technology, a company known for thin clients and virtual desktops. 

Wyse Technology LogoDell LogoWyse Technology, based in San Jose, California, boasts some 200 million interactions with its thin and zero clients (virtual and web-based desktops) daily. The company was smack in the middle of the virtualization boom in 2011, as growth in the virtualized data center segment included a need for cloud offerings tied to thin clients, or VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). IDC projects that the end-to-end market for these offerings will top $15 billion by 2015.

Dell wants a slice of that pie, and Wyse will help them get it.

With its announced acquisition, Dell is gaining the ability to expand on previously purchased solutions and their existing portfolio, by streamlining the management requirements for virtual environments. Wyse’s products were designed to integrate into all of the common infrastructures, including Citrix, VMWare, and Microsoft (i.e. customized desktop and application deployments).

Earlier this year, Dell introduced their DVS (Desktop Virtualization Solutions) appliance, which is a plug-and-play offering that includes Citrix VDI-in-a-Box. For organizations that need larger DVI deployments, Dell’s DVS Enterprise offers Citrix and VMWare. Thus, the purchase of Wyse will fit into Dell’s product expansion plans quite nicely. On top of all of this, Dell’s purchase of SonicWALL last month will enable organizations to protect their newly deployed VDI.

Again, Dell’s mission is to become the go to company for when it comes to IT expansion and consolidation, “from the edge, to the core, and to the cloud.”

Yet, as Dell expands and acquires the technology to offer organizations all of their IT needs within a single contract, the question remains as to what it will do with all the overlap and what will happen to the products and services that are not offering strong profit margins. Time will tell.

For now, more information on the VDI expansion and offerings from Dell are available here.

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.