Enterprise Thin Client Market Posts Uneven Growth: IDC
Thin clients without operating systems now hold 32 percent share among the thin client segment, an increase of 22 percent from the previous quarter.Worldwide thin client and terminal client device shipments totaled 1.38 million units in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 8.5 percent from the previous quarter, but 2.8 percent lower than forecast for the quarter, according to IT research firm IDC. The company still expects shipments for the full year to be 5.31 million units, representing 0.2 percent year-over-year growth, while the forecast for 2014 is for shipments to reach 5.86 million units, representing 10.5 percent year-over-year growth. By 2017, these devices are expected to reach 8.01 million units shipped worldwide. Thin clients continue to make up the vast majority (96 percent) of enterprise client devices and saw an increase of 11 percent from the previous quarter. In contrast, terminal clients declined by 30 percent. Thin clients without operating systems (zero clients) now hold 32 percent share among the thin client segment, which is an increase of 22 percent from the previous quarter. Windows Embedded OS thin clients are the largest, at 40 percent share, according to the report.
In the third quarter, the United States was eclipsed by Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) as the largest region for enterprise client devices.