Dell Acquiring Kace to Handle Application Virtualization

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-02-11 Print this article Print

Kace Networks makes Kbox, an application virtualization hardware and software package tailored to the requirements of midsize businesses and government, education and health care organizations.

Dell, already one of the world's top three IT hardware sellers, remains focused on building up its data center software catalog.

The server, storage and computer maker took a giant step toward optimizing and untangling complicated virtual machine administration Feb. 11 when it announced it will acquire systems management appliance maker Kace Networks.

Dell did not disclose terms of the transaction at this time.

Kace makes Kbox, an application virtualization 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 virtualization software is called Virtual Kontainers. The appliances support Windows, Mac, Linux and integrated application virtualization, Kace said.

"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 organizations 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.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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