Dell Kace Launches Line of K-Series Appliances
Dell Kace announced the availability of its new K-Series Advanced line of appliances aimed at midsize businesses with 1,000 to 3,500 end-point systems. The K-Series Advanced Appliances include the K1100-ADV for systems management, and the K2100-ADV for systems deployment. The line features quad-core Xeon processors, RAID 5 configuration, high speed drivers and redundant power supplies. The products are available as both physical and virtual appliances, directly from Dell or through its partners.
In addition to the availability of the K-Series Advanced Appliance line, Dell Kace is also offering a ProSupport package in North America that includes unified 24/5 assistance from Dell's maintenance and support team. ProSupport allows Kace and Dell customers to reach a support team through a single contact number for all Dell products including desktops, servers, storage and now also Dell Kace Systems Management Appliances. The ProSupport package will be available internationally by the end of 2011, the company noted in a release.
"The SMB segment can sometimes be a bit of a misnomer because there
are significant differences that small and medium-sized businesses face
which can impact organizational growth," said Lubos Parobek, vice
president of product management, for Dell Kace. "Our new K-Series
Advanced Appliance line enables medium business to accelerate their
growth path without the need to upgrade systems or compromise the
quality of systems management technology, enabling companies to
effectively improve IT service levels and end-user productivity."
Dell Kace's customer base has grown from 1,200 to more than 4,600 in the past year in a variety of industries such as retail, education, government, financial services, manufacturing, legal, health care and others. The Kace K Series of Systems Management Appliances and a dedicated Website are now available in four new countries including Germany, France, China and Japan, and the company plans continued expansion of its international footprint by localizing its solutions in additional countries within Europe and Latin America throughout 2012.
"The acquisition of Kace by Dell has significantly elevated the
business unit and continues to be an exciting company to watch in the
systems management space because of its ability to meet new market
challenges and turn them into advantages over its competitors," said
Steve Brasen, managing research director for Enterprise Management
Associates. "Although Dell Kace has focused its aggressive pricing
structure and appliance-based approach to systems management primarily
towards small and medium-sized organizations, our analysis reveals the
product is set to be a leading contender in the enterprise space as
Rob Meinhardt, general manager and co-founder of Dell Kace, said
he's always felt that a partnership with Dell would accelerate their
growth. "What's been terrific to see is that we've been able to achieve
remarkable growth while remaining true to our roots of simplifying
systems management for organizations to save customers time and money,"
he said. "Together with Dell, we have been able to not only grow
our customer base and successfully enter new markets, but also be part
of Dell's exciting transition to offering technology solutions to
customers around the world."