"Wyse Technology, the top manufacturer of stripped-down
computers known as "thin clients," has acquired Netier Technologies
and will dramatically change its business plan as a result...
The acquisition gives Wyse software that will allow its
customers to manage their thin clients and ultimately their desktop
computers, cell phones, handheld computers, Internet appliances and
other devices, Wyse chief executive John Stinger said in an
interview. The move gives Wyse a stronger future, given the fact
that managing computing devices is getting harder to do than
building them, he said."
"The software will first be available for Wyse's thin clients,
including those using Windows NT, Windows CE and Linux, Stringer
said. Later, the company will add support for PCs as well."
"However, the company will likely run into competition from
others. Red Hat, the top Linux seller, has launched its Red Hat
Network to lure customers who want to maintain their Internet
devices or computers. And Microsoft plans to sell subscription
services that automatically update its software as well."