According to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker, worldwide thin client and terminal client shipments totaled 1.3 million units in Q 22013, an increase of 7.4 percent from the previous quarter.
HP emerged as the worldwide market leader with 26.2 percent marketshare, followed by Dell Wyse with 23.8 percent and NComputing with 18.1 percent.
In Asia Pacific, which is the fastest growing market of thin client, the pecking order was different. NComputing led with 30.3 percent marketshare, followed by HP and Dell Wyse accounting for 21 percent and 19 percent, respectively.
Closer home in India, NComputing enjoyed 78.4 percent marketshare in Q22013 with both Dell Wyse and HP accounting for less than ten percent marketshare.
NComputing numbers were powered by a large number of education deals primarily for their zero power thin clients, and several smaller partner-led deals in the SMB segment.
“NComputing grew 70.9 percent over the first two quarters of the calendar year by strengthening its focus on the education sector in Asia Pacific, establishing itself as the top vendor in the region,” said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers, IDC. She added that the biggest growth driver in enterprise market for thin clients was desktop virtualization.
Thin clients without operating systems (zero clients) had 24 percent share among the client devices. Linux-based thin client’s share was slightly more at 25 percent.
IDC expects shipments for the full year to be 5.3 million units, representing 2.1 percent year-on-year growth. The forecast for 2014 is 5.9 million units, a 10.4 percent year-on-year growth. By 2017, the devices are expected to reach 8.3 million units worldwide.