April 2, 2012 – Dell announced Monday a deal its plans to buy Wyse Technology, a privately desktop virtualization provider specializing in thin client units.

Wyse’s product portfolio includes thin, zero and cloud computing PC client hardware with desktop and mobile software for advanced management, desktop virtualization and cloud deployments. Jeff Clarke, president of Dell’s End User Computing Solutions division, said the deal is meant to complement Dell’s device and computing solutions, particularly toward streamlining IT management and addressing workload efficiencies.

Matt Eastwood, IDC enterprise platform research group vice president, said in a statement on the deal that thin client and desktop virtualization solutions show heavy enterprise interest over the next four years.

“The total market for desktop virtualization solutions should continue to see strong growth globally, with the larger revenue and margin opportunities coming from the datacenter infrastructure, cloud and services offerings that are tied to thin client and desktop virtualization technology sales,” said Eastwood.

Founded more than 30 years ago and based in San Jose, California, Wyse shipped more than 1 million units in 2011 and its partners include Cisco, Citrix, IBM and Microsoft, according to its website.

The deal was approved by the boards of directors of both companies, though additional financial details were not disclosed. It is expected to close in the second quarter of Dell’s fiscal year, which ends in August.

In February, Dell also made a deal for virtualization, data center and cloud backup provider AppAssure.