European Thin Client Market Grows Strongly in 2006

According to a recent IDC study the EMEA thin client market recovered from weakness in the middle of the year to finish 2006 with healthy 17% growth compared with 2005. Nearly 1.2 million units were shipped in 2006 with the U.K. and Germany representing the largest opportunity in EMEA.

The study shows that:
HP led the European market in 4Q06 with Wyse a close second. For the full year, Wyse continued to lead with 27% share, followed by HP with 25% share. Neoware retained third position but lost market share compared to its performance in 2005.
The smaller suppliers grew considerably, reflecting their flexibility, investment plans, and ability to customize products to meet needs.
Suppliers continued to develop their systems management offerings and we expect an increased focus on software to improve management and security in the coming years.

"While dedicated thin client hardware is still currently a niche product the investments in this market by both large and small suppliers, combined with a need for a product to address client security and manageability requirements, help to drive growth in this market. IT directors are faced with an ever increasing list of approaches to their client computing requirements and need to work with their suppliers and consultants to make sense of these offers", said Chris Ingle, consulting and research director, EMEA Systems Group.

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