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KACE Introduces New Application Virtualization Capabilities
KACE™, the leading systems management appliance company, today announced a powerful new version of its application virtualization technology, KACE Virtual Kontainers. New functionality, including easier patching and expanded application compatibility, positions the company at the forefront of application virtualization innovation and offers users an even easier to implement and maintain solution, leading to significant time and money savings. KACE will be showcasing KACE Virtual Kontainers 2.0 at booth #1525 at VMworld 2009 this week in San Francisco.

Application virtualization, which allows users to run applications without the need for a traditional installation, is notoriously known for high-costs and complexity. KACE Virtual Kontainers 2.0, offered via a single, integrated Web-based console, provides users with an easier, faster and significantly less expensive alternative for creating, deploying and managing virtual applications. This major new technology release includes considerable improvements in the areas of application compatibility and support for updating and patching virtual applications. And with the ability to publish applications via self-service user portal, KACE Virtual Kontainers 2.0 reduces administrative overhead even more.

“Application virtualization is an important and powerful emerging technology that unfortunately has a lot of misconceptions surrounding it, such as that it is expensive and complex to implement and maintain,” said Marty Kacin, KACE co-founder and CTO. “KACE Virtual Kontainers turns these misconceptions on their head through an extremely easy-to-use solution that is simple to deploy and offered at a low cost. We continue to push the boundary of our appliance-based systems management solutions to help IT rapidly provide real business value, instead of spending valuable time and effort wrestling with complex vendor tools.”

KACE Virtual Kontainers 2.0 pushes traditional application virtualization technologies to a new level by extending the benefits beyond the features typically associated with these solutions. Some of the new features in the new KACE Virtual Kontainers release include:

  • Improved application compatibility by way of a new signature update service which allows for KACE to respond more rapidly than any other application virtualization product when it comes to adding support for changes to Windows, middleware and challenging new applications;
  • The ability to easily update, patch or modify an existing virtual application package directly, without the need to start over with each required change;
  • Self-service user portal support so administrators can provide virtual applications via a simple Web-based interface, saving time associated with ad-hoc deployments and keeping user desktops uncluttered with software they do not need;
  • Command line support for administrators that prefer to script operations themselves, including the ability to create a Kontainer package from the command line.

“With Kontainers 2.0, KACE addresses the top two requirements for endpoint virtualization - ease of use for end users and ease of management for administrators,” said Andi Mann, vice president of research at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). “And they are doing it with some unique innovations. This new release aligns very well with key EMA recommendations for endpoint virtualization and management.”

KACE Virtual Kontainers 2.0 is available immediately. Pricing starts at $3,995 per 100 computers. Volume discounts are available.

KACE saves its customers both time and money. Systems managers are increasingly forced to wear many hats throughout the day to work on a myriad of IT functions. KACE helps consolidate these functions by providing a single appliance for all projects, while delivering easy-to-use, comprehensive systems management that is affordable. The KBOX™ family of systems management and deployment appliances fulfills all of the systems management needs of an enterprise, from initial computer deployment to ongoing management and retirement.

Published Monday, August 31, 2009 10:03 AM by David Marshall
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