Novell, Wyse Target Thin Clients
Amid deadlines at the office, The VAR Guy didn’t attend Novell’s BrainShare conference this week. But several of his trusted sources are feeding him info from the event. One loyal tipster says Novell is quietly launching a thin client offensive with Wyse Technology. Although The VAR Guy has criticized many of Novell’s recent moves, this thin client approach is super smart.
During a chat with The VAR Guy, newly appointed Wyse CEO Tarkan Maner described how thin clients have, indeed, found a home on millions of corporate desktops. JP Morgan Chase is deploying 50,000 Wyse thin clients. Other true believers include Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, Maner says. In the retail sector, Wal-Mart plans to use 100,000 Wyse thin clients, according to Maner.
Now, imagine if a hefty number of those thin clients ran a specialized version of Novell SuSE Linux. It could happen, folks, thanks to a relationship between Wyse and Novell.
Ironically, Windows Vista’s release may actually drive more customers to thin clients, Maner asserts. “Vista was Godâ€™s gift to Wyse,” quips Maner. “When [Vista’s launch] was announced, I was partying at home. I am not exaggerating. I bet itâ€™s a phenomenal OS, but it requires so much memory.”
In The VAR Guy’s mind, that’s Maner’s way of saying: “I don’t want to upset Microsoft but I do want to tell customers there’s a well-managed alternative to those big, expensive, hard-to-manage PCs running Vista.”
Eventually, Wyse and Novell hope to march right into your home. Over the next few months, Maner says, he expects major ISPs and telcos to offer broadband services that come bundled with thin clients for the home. With any luck, Novell certainly hopes, those thin clients will have SuSE Linux inside.