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KACE Delivers Industry’s First Appliance to Manage Both Virtual and Physical Environments
KACE, the leading provider of systems management appliances, today announced the availability of the industrys first integrated appliance to optimize management of both virtual and physical environments. KACE gives all organizations, regardless of size, the ability to simplify management of virtual and physical machines with its comprehensive, affordable and easy-to-use KBOX technology. With its single, integrated solution, KBOX reduces management complexity in mixed environments with a common set of management capabilities from a single user interface. Enabling all organizations to reap the benefits of virtualization, the KBOX appliance-based solution usually deploys in one day at one-third the cost of software alternatives.

Virtualization has quickly become one of the most important trends in technology. Not only is the use of virtualization helping companies to increase efficiency and reduce costs, its providing a better and more innovative way to complete day-to-day tasks, from managing desktop operating systems to server consolidation. Although virtualization provides many benefits, the reality is that most IT environments run a mix of both physical and virtual machines, which can prove difficult to manage. This is especially challenging for mid-sized companies that dont have the bandwidth to manage yet another complex IT project or budget to run multiple consoles to manage these systems.

Theres no denying the benefits of virtualization, but using separate management tools for both types of environments adds another layer of complexity to the management process, said Marty Kacin, co-founder and CTO for KACE. KACEs technology allows customers to manage heterogeneous environments from the ease of one central appliance, which is significantly more efficient and less expensive to run. Systems managers who perform many IT functions throughout the day will now have one less task to worry about.

Additionally, KACE has announced KBOX vState Management, a new technology which uniquely allows customers to reprovision or reconfigure a virtual machine based on a centrally defined system image. This saves valuable time and money when managing large numbers of virtual workstations.

"We use our KBOX appliance to assure that all of our workstations, both physical and virtual, comply with our standards for security and application inventory," said Jim Krochmal, IT manager for Polysius Corporation. "The KBOX's ability to manage both types of environments allows us to reallocate resources to other pertinent projects."

The KBOX Systems Management and Systems Deployment Appliances include multiple features that provide performance management capabilities in both virtual and physical environments, including:

  • remote VM deployment via K-imaging, scripted installation and pre- and post-installation tasks
  • agent-less deployment of physical and virtual machines from a centralized deployment library
  • comprehensive VM management support including software distribution, patching, configuration management, license compliance and vulnerability scanning
  • single, integrated agent supports both physical and virtual environments.

KACEs KBOX family of appliances saves its customers both time and money. Systems managers from large and medium enterprises are often forced to wear many hats throughout the day to work on a myriad of IT functions. KACE helps consolidate these functions providing a single box for all of their projects while delivering easy-to-use, comprehensive systems management that is affordable. The KBOX 1000 Series Systems Management Appliances automate routine and complex IT maintenance tasks for end-point nodes on a network, while the KBOX 2000 Series Systems Deployment Appliances provide centralized provisioning and remote system recovery.

Published Tuesday, August 28, 2007 5:45 AM by David Marshall
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