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Dell Beefs Up Systems Management With Kace Acquisition

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Dell has signalled its commitment to building up its data centre software portfolio after announcing the acquisition of Kace Networks

Dell is to acquire Kace Networks in an effort to beef up its systems management capabilities for virtual machines, when ut announced it will acquire appliance maker Kace Networks.

Kace makes Kbox, an application virtualisation hardware and software package tailored to the requirements of midsize businesses and public (government, education and health care) institutions.

The Kbox Systems Management Appliance offers a list of capabilities, such as device discovery, system inventory and asset management. Enterprises also use Kbox for power management software distribution and operating system deployment as well as for its application security features.

Kace’s secret-sauce application virtualisation software is called Virtual Kontainers. The appliances support Windows, Mac, Linux and integrated application virtualisation, Kace said.

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“We talk directly to thousands of these customers and they tell us they need systems management tools geared for their environment,” said Steve Felice, president of Dell’s Consumer and Small and Medium Business unit. “The Kbox family of appliances is highly capable, quick to deploy [and] simple to use and provides a rapid return on investment, exactly the sort of best-value solutions we’re delivering to customers.”

Kbox is ideal for midsize operations and is often deployed into production by organisations within a week or less, said Kace CEO Rob Meinhardt.

Almost two-thirds of Kace customers said the products paid for themselves in less than three months, Meinhardt said.