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Wyse Fattens Thin Client Resources

Thin client vendor Wyse Technology Inc. announced today that it would purchase network management software vendor Netier Technology Inc. The purchase adds a software product line to a company known primarily for hardware.

“It positions us to move into the management of embedded devices,” says John Truitt, director of product marketing at Wyse. Wyse has a slate of solid-state, thin clients ranging from Windows CE Web terminals to NT-Embedded machines capable of operating independently, but lacked the ability to manage the devices on a network.

Netier also has a line of thin clients, but the plum for Wyse was Netier’s Rapport software. Rapport offers administrators the ability to manage and monitor thin clients and other small devices on the network. Like Wyse, Netier has focused on Windows terminals and other NT-Embedded technologies.

With the addition of Rapport, Wyse is able to offer customers a comprehensive solution for end-user computing.  Truitt says that Rapport will simplify one of the major challenges facing administrators of thin client environments – how to deliver applications to thin client users.

Although Wyse products are historically hardware, Truitt says that Wyse focuses on the concept of the thin-client. “We pioneered the idea of the Windows terminal,” he says. The addition of Netier’s properties allows Wyse further realize its concept.

Because Netier is a privately held company and Wyse is incorporated in Taiwan, financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. – Christopher McConnell

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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