Uptake of thin client systems on the rise in Western Europe

440,000 thin client systems were shipped to the region in 2002, representing a growth rate of 23% over 2001.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  July 17, 2003

A greater understanding of the benefits of thin client systems has encouraged its adoption in Western Europe, according to IDC. Nearly 440,000 such systems were shipped to the region in 2002, representing a growth of 23% over 2001.

While thin client systems have long been seen as having potential, uptake has lagged behind interest. However, IT directors are now seeing thin client as being a solution to multiple problems, not just a way to control costs. Ease and cost of desktop and notebook maintenance, security, and managing remote sites are all problems for which thin client is a potential solution.

“Thin client architectures, including dedicated and PC hardware, are a viable solution for many business problems, including security, system management concerns, and application deployment. We see increased interest in this market and expect growth to continue,” says Chris Ingle, group consultant for IDC’s EMEA systems group. “The thin client market will become even more competitive in the foreseeable future as customers demand this type of solution from IT vendors,” says Stefania Lorenz, senior research analyst, IDC’s EMEA PC Group.

“Markets such as education, call centers, remote sites, and the public sector are already looking hard at the benefits of thin client versus other client architectures. Bundling, pricing, and, most critical channel and IT services will be the crucial difference between the competing vendors,” he adds.

Currently, Wyse Technology leads the thin client market with 22% of market share, combining its product line with solution packages and an OEM offering. HP follows, riding on Compaq’s well established brand name, while Neoware has taken the market by storm, becoming the fastest growing vendor, reporting triple-digit growth in 2002. Others like Fujitsu Siemens, IGEL, and AthenA have also reported strong annual growth, and together hold 21% of the total market.

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