Acquisitions: Dell to buy Wyse, Ericsson completes BelAir deal

In today’s acquisition news, LM Ericsson has completed its deal to purchase Ottawa’s BelAir Networks and Dell has signed an agreement to buy Wyse Technology.

BelAir’s Ottawa employees will retain their jobs now that the deal,first announced on Feb. 21, is done.

BelAir Networks’ 120 Ottawaemployees will retain their jobs in the completed acquisitionby Ericsson.

“The former BelAir Networks‘ staff will beintegrated into the Ericssongroup in business unit networks over the coming months and will workunder the Ericsson brand effective today,” an Ericsson news releasestated today in confirming the transaction is now complete.

BelAir’s 120 staff are expected to move into a new Ottawa facilityEricsson is now building to house its own 1,000 employees there.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2002, BelAirmakes carrier Wi-Fi equipment. By acquiring thecompany, Ericsson getsBelAir’s portfolio of indoor and outdoor fixed and mobile equipment,plus access to its intellectual property rights, technologicalexpertise and existing client contracts and relationships.

In other acquisition headlines, Dellhas signed an agreement to acquirethin-client hardware and software company Wyse Technology, to expandits desktop virtualization offerings, Dell said Monday.

Instead of running the desktop OS and applications on a PC, the virtualdesktop exists only in a virtual machine on a server. In someenvironments, this allows enterprises to more efficiently and securelymanage their users and devices, according to Dell.

By acquiring Wyse, Dell gets both hardware and software it canintegrate with its own products to offer more complete packages.

Wyse’s hardware portfolio includes both thin and so-called zeroclients. For example, last month, Wyse introduced the T10, which usesan ARM-based processor to keep both cost and the operating temperaturedown.

The T10 uses Wyse’s own OS, ThinOS, which has been tailored for use onthin clients. Its small size results in a quicker start. The client canbe used with a number of different platforms for virtualized desktops,including those from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, the company said atthe time.

Wyse also offers management software that can control Apple’s iPads andiPhones, Android-based devices and its own clients.

Dell deal to close in Q2 2013
The company is also working on Stratus, which will allow ITadministrators to manage any device — including smartphones, tablets,thin clients, zero clients, and PCs — regardless if that device isowned by the company or by the individual employee using a cloud-basedconsole.

Desktop virtualization is not anew market for Dell. Today, thecompany, for example, offers the Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS)Simplified appliance, which offers preconfigured hardware withfactory-installed software for small and midsize deployments.

For enterprises there is DVS Enterprise, which integrates preconfiguredservers, storage, networking with software from VMware or Citrixsoftware to support upwards of thousands of users, the company said ona site dedicated to desktop virtualization.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is expectedto close in the second quarter of Dell’s fiscal 2013.

Aastra buys Comdasys
And lastly, Aastra Technologies Ltd. of Concord, Ont. said today thatits European division has acquired Comdasys AG of Munich, Germany.Comdasys makes solutions allowing companies to integrate smartphonesand other mobile devices into their existing communicationsinfrastructure. Comdasys will operate as a separate unit withinAastra. Financial terms were not released.

With files fromITBusiness staff.

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