New KBOX Appliances Bring Enterprise-Grade, Cross Platform IT Automation to Mid-Market
KBOX 1000 Series Offers Affordable, Easy to Use Linux, Windows and Mac IT Management
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. Â– September 12, 2006 - KACEÂ™, the leader in IT management solutions for mid-market organizations, today announced the new KBOXÂ™ 1000 Series Systems Management Appliances, an easy-to-use, affordable line of turnkey IT Automation appliances that allow comprehensive management of laptops, desktops and servers and other network devices across several operating systems.
Â“Managing mixed environments has traditionally been difficult - but environments will only become more commonplace as many enterprises dip their toes in the Mac or Linux waters with the impending MicrosoftÂ® Windows VistaÂ™ rollout,Â” said Andi Mann, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates. Â“The KBOX 1000 series will go a long way in making mixed environments an easily-managed reality for organizations in the mid market space.Â”
The KBOXÂ™ 1000 Series is a significant upgrade to KACEÂ’s flagship product launched in 2005, the KBOXÂ™ IT Management Suite. The new KBOX 1000 Series expands its comprehensive management capabilities from Windows to Linux (Red Hat) and Mac OS X.
Â“We are excited to see KACE bring some of the robust functionality of the KBOX to mixed-environments that run a combination of Mac, Windows and Linux servers and desktops,Â” said Michelle Drolet, CEO Conqwest. Â“The KBOX 1000 Series is going to help our clients more cost-effectively manage all of their software and hardware.Â”
The KBOXÂ™ 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, and a end-user self service portal. New features include:
- Flexible wizard-based reporting with 50+ pre-configured reports and dashboards
- Application metering to ease license compliance and harvesting
- Mac OS X and Linux Support:
Â· Detailed hardware and software inventory
Â· Remote installation and distribution of applications, updates, service packs and any digital asset
Â· Pre-configured remote control with support for most industry standard packages
Â· Alerting based on network and system events
Â· LDAP integration
The KBOX 1000 Series also includes an optional help desk module that provides trouble ticket submission, tracking and management. Out-of-the box integration with KBOXÂ’s comprehensive management capabilities, including the new Mac and Linux features, allows organizations to solve problems on all systems in real time-- not simply track them.
Â“The KBOX 1000 is a response to our customers and prospects with mixed Windows, Mac and Linux environments, who have found that tools such as Microsoft SMS cannot meet their needs.Â” said Marty Kacin, president and CTO of KACE. Â“The KBOX 1000 Series supports these mixed environments with a rich set of functionality that is affordable for organizations of all sizes.Â”
The 1000 Series is available in the following models:
Â· KBOX 1100 for managing 100-1000 systems
Â· KBOX 1200 for managing 1000 or more systems
Pricing for KBOXÂ™ 1000 Systems Management Series Appliances starts at $9500 for 100 nodes.
The KBOX family also includes the KBOX 2000 Series Systems Deployment Appliances for OS and application provisioning of Windows and Linux desktops, laptops, and servers.
KACE, a privately-held technology company, is the leader in IT automation appliances. 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 www.kace.com or call 1-888-522-3638.