Dell’s (s dell) decision to buy Wyse Technologies for its thin client and desktop virtualization smarts shows how much the power equation has shifted from PCs to cloud computing and other services in recent years.
It also illustrates that John Swainson, the former IBM(s ibm) and CA (s ca) executive who joined Dell as president of a new software group in February, is serious about building up the company’s cloud, services and software portfolios. When he took the job in February, Swainson said his goal “is to make software a meaningful part of Dell’s overall portfolio …. This is not the last thing you’re going to see from us.”
Wyse is just the latest acquisition Dell is using to expand beyond its PC roots (and the low-margin PC business). Last month, it purchased network and data security company Sonicwall, as well as backup, replication and recovery software specialist AppAssure.
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