Dell Upgrades Kace K1000 for Internet of Things
The latest version of the appliance will give businesses better visibility of the devices and systems connecting to their networks.Dell officials are launching the latest version of its Kace K1000 systems management appliance to help businesses prepare for the upcoming onslaught of connected devices and sensors that will make up the Internet of things. Kace K1000 version 6.0 is designed to give businesses better visibility of the devices, systems and other endpoints that are connected to their networks. The agentless technology will enable businesses to track devices ranging from printers, storage systems, and network switches and routers to power systems and firewalls, according to Dell officials. In addition, the businesses will not have to install software onto the devices to track them. The Internet of things (IoT) is going to bring a range of security issues with it. Knowing what's connected will be an important step in helping secure the network, according to Bill Odell, vice president of marketing for systems management software at Dell. "The ability to envision all the devices connected to the corporate network is tied closely to overall IT wellbeing and security," Odell wrote in a post on the company blog. "With insufficient visibility, companies are exposed to undue security risks and vulnerabilities, all of which will grow exponentially as we enter the era of the 'Internet of Things.'"
The Internet of things refers to the growing number of intelligent systems, devices and sensors—from automobiles and manufacturing systems to wearable devices, appliances, surveillance cameras, medical systems and televisions—that are connecting to the Internet. According to numbers from Cisco Systems, the number of connected systems will grow from 10 billion this year to 50 billion by 2020. What Cisco officials call the Internet of everything will generate $19 trillion in new revenues for businesses worldwide by 2020, and IDC analysts expect the IoT technology and services market to hit $8.9 trillion by the end of the decade.