KBOX Family of Appliances Helps Education Sector Ensure FERPA Compliance, Manage Mixed Network Environments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - November 29, 2006 - KACE, the leader in IT management solutions for mid-market organizations, today announced that its KBOX™ family of systems management and deployment appliances is gaining popularity in the education sector, where mixed-environment, location-independent networks are the norm and managing them is a daily challenge.

KBOX™ 1000 Series Systems Management Appliances and KBOX™ 2000 Systems Deployment Appliances allow budget-minded education organizations affordable enterprise-grade network management functionality, and they help ensure compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, (PCC), one of the largest community colleges in the country, uses KBOX 1000 Series to manage more than 2,100 endpoints throughout its three main campuses and the many remote locations of its Extended Learning Campus.

“We’ve been using the KBOX 1000 for 6 months, and its robust security functionality has been the cornerstone of our Administrative Electronic Information Policy management,” said Michael Heuer, TSS Customer Support Manager, Portland Community College. “Its appliance-based software delivery architecture made deployment so simple it was almost plug-and-play, it works with our existing tools and apps, and its reporting abilities are helping us make smart equipment purchase and replacement decisions.”

A partial listing of KACE customers in the education sector includes:

•Academy School District 20 (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

•Edmonds Community College (Lynnwood, Washington)

•Holmesdale Technology College (Snodland, Kent, England)

•Rancho Santiago Community College District (Orange County, California)

•Teachers' Curriculum Institute (Palo Alto, California)

“With the KBOX 2000, we’re able to sidestep machine-to-machine provisioning hassles and view the deployment status of every end point in our network from the centralized console,” said Chris Carey, IT Manager, Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose, California). “The appliance was ready to use in a matter of days, packs a lot of functionality like remote systems repair and recovery, and still fits our budget.”

The KBOX™ 1000 Series offers comprehensive cross-platform management of networked machines running Windows®, Linux (Red Hat) and Mac OS X. The KBOX 1000 Series is a secure, robust line of appliances that provides affordable, end-to-end systems management, including: hardware and software inventory, software distribution, patch management, scripting and policy configuration, remote control, alerting, reporting and dashboards, security audit and enforcement, help desk and a end-user self service portal.

Pricing for KBOX™ 1000 Series Systems Management Appliances starts at $9500 for 100 managed nodes.

The KBOX™ 2000 Series is the only appliance-based solution to combine disk imaging, scripted installation and remote system recovery into a centralized, affordable and easy-to-use solution for automating the end-to-end systems provisioning of desktops, laptops and servers.

Pricing for KBOX™ 2000 Series Systems Deployment Appliances starts at $12,900 for 100 managed nodes.

About KACE

KACE™, a privately held technology company, is the leader in IT automation appliances. The KBOX™ 1000 family of systems management appliances delivers easy-to-use, comprehensive IT automation, is affordable and really works. The KBOX™ 2000 Series provides centralized systems provisioning and remote system recovery for mid-market organizations. KACE is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about KACE and its product offerings, please visit or call 1-888-522-3638.

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