7. Dell Steps Up Its Desktop Virtualization Game
Dell acquired thin client vendor Wyse Technology in April, and the deal was reportedly in the $350 million to $400 million range. Wyse Technology was the top vendor in thin client unit shipment volume in the fourth quarter of last year, and IDC estimated at the time that the data center infrastructure stack for these solutions is expected to exceed $15 billion by 2015.
In August during the run-up to VMworld, Dell released new Wyse-based zero-client devices and a reference architecture for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementations.
VDI, despite its slow progression into the enterprise, is on the radar of many IT vendors, and Gartner expects virtual desktops could have a market penetration of 8 percent to 10 percent by 2015.