Falling prices, new technologies and total cost of operation benefits are generating new demand for server-based computing solutions, according to industry analyst Gartner, which recently predicted huge growth in demand in 2002.
Gartner's Thin Client Predictions for 2002, published in December, forecasts the global market for Windows terminal servers will grow by 35 per cent this year while thin-client desktop shipments will increase by 50 per cent.
In addition to the cost savings, Gartner said the need for continuous operations and data security (which thin clients are claimed to provide), along with increasing "resentment over Microsoft's upgrade practices", are driving users to PC alternatives.
Meanwhile, thin-client vendor Wyse Technology claimed last week those exact conditions are making the market ripe for resellers to introduce the benefits of the technology to even the smallest of enterprise networks.
According to Paul Wilcox, sales manager for Wyse in Australia, the abundance of services opportunities and the savings for end users are driving business for channels, despite shrinking margins on mainstream thin-client hardware. He said Wyse has about 30 resellers in Australia which are making a good living out of thin-client solutions.