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February 10, 2010

Dell to acquire Kace Networks

To expand its system management portfolio for midsized businesses

By CBR Staff Writer

Dell has agreed to acquire Kace, a system management appliance firm with offerings tailored to the requirements of midsized businesses and public institutions. The terms of acquisition were not disclosed.

The company said that the acquisition will expand its system management offering to give IT administrators in midsized organisations control of their daily operations, to ensure security and compliance, to enhance the accuracy of IT inventory and to speed help desk responsiveness.

Headquartered in Mountain View, Kace provides KBOX systems-management and deployment appliances which carry a range of capabilities including device discovery, system inventory and asset management; configuration management, including operating system deployment, power management software distribution, application virtualisation and scripting.

In addition, KBOX provides system deployment, imaging and Windows 7 migration; end-point security through patch management, security-policy enforcement and vulnerability scanning; and service management through integrated service desk, user portal and alerting.

KBOX appliances support heterogeneous operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux and deliver system management capabilities such as integrated application virtualisation.

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

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