Instead of running the desktop OS and applications on a PC, the virtual
desktop exists only in a virtual machine on a server. In some
environments, this allows enterprises to more efficiently and securely
manage their users and devices, according to Dell.
By acquiring Wyse, Dell gets both hardware and software it can integrate with its own products to offer more complete packages.
Wyse's hardware portfolio includes both thin and so-called zero clients.
For example, last month, Wyse introduced the T10, which uses an
ARM-based processor to keep both cost and the operating temperature
The T10 uses Wyse's own OS, ThinOS, which has been tailored for use on
thin clients. Its small size results in a quicker start. The client can
be used with a number of different platforms for virtualized desktops,
including those from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, the company said at
Wyse also offers management software that can control Apple's iPads and iPhones, Android-based devices and its own clients.
The company is also working on Stratus, which will allow IT
administrators to manage any device -- including smartphones, tablets,
thin clients, zero clients, and PCs -- regardless if that device is
owned by the company or by the individual employee using a cloud-based
Desktop virtualization is not a new market for Dell. Today, the company,
for example, offers the Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS)
Simplified appliance, which offers preconfigured hardware with
factory-installed software for small and midsize deployments.
For enterprises there is DVS Enterprise, which integrates preconfigured
servers, storage, networking with software from VMware or Citrix
software to support upwards of thousands of users, the company said on a
site dedicated desktop virtualization.
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is expected to close in the second quarter of Dell's fiscal 2013.