What's the difference between the KACE Asset Management Appliance and the KACE System Management Appliance?

Seems like such a basic piece of information, but my google-fu is failing to find me an answer.

I see references here and there to the KACE System Management Appliance and to the KACE Asset Management Appliance, and when I do a search on the individual appliances, with my limited experience/knowledge, the two appliances sound pretty much to be the same thing. I have found that the K1000 is the KACE System Management Appliance, so I now know what I have, but it'd be nice to know how it differs from the KACE Asset Management Appliance.



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Posted by: AbhayR 4 years ago
Red Belt


  • The asset management appliance = "Meet software compliance requirements" and "avoid audit-related fines or license overpayments"

    The systems management appliance = "Assure software license compliance"

    Same thing.

    Asset = "full reporting for software and hardware inventory"

    System = "Accurately inventory all hardware and software"

    Same thing.

    Asset = "Manage, secure and service network-connected devices"

    System = "Gain complete control of your network-connected devices."

    Same thing.

    So, what's the difference between the two? - kentwest 4 years ago
Posted by: Hobbsy 4 years ago
Red Belt

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The KACE Asset Management appliance is identical to the KACE System Management Appliance, it is just designed to allow customers to use only the inventory and Asset parts of the appliance. So in short one is the cut down version of the other. The Asset Management Appliance was marketed to resolve a specific regulatory requirement for Large businesses and as such was hoped large customers would purchase.

Under the bonnet they are identical, it was hoped that "honesty" would stop customers utilising elements like software distribution and scripting............

My personal view is that this will be another white elephant, we can then add it to the list M300, K3000 etc etc 

I guess it seemed like a great idea at the time ;o)

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