Dell Kace K3000 Mobile Management Appliance Built for BYOD

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-12-18
 
 
 

Technology giant Dell announced the limited rollout of the latest addition to its Kace family of appliances, the K3000 Mobile Management Appliance, designed to address security concerns brought upon by bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives.

The K3000 extends system management capabilities to enforce security policies for both corporate and personal mobile devices running on Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems, and helps IT departments address the challenge of supporting and securing mobile devices through an on-premise mobile management appliance that simplifies management of mobile devices.

"The rapid influx of users bringing their own consumer mobile devices that demand access to corporate resources presents challenges to organizations," Gartner research vice president Philip Redman said in a statement. "However, by implementing a structured support system with varied support levels, IT organizations can shield business information and enforce policies about data movement between the device and the corporate network, while enabling users to adopt the device they deem most appropriate. Organizations will find it hard to achieve an efficient mobile-support system if all platforms are not managed the same way under enterprise requirements.”

Features include over the air provisioning of K3000 agents to devices, device security and policy management features such as profile management, device lock and unlock, remote enterprise wipe and remote factory reset and application management that allows pushing corporate applications on to both corporate as well as personal mobile devices.

In addition, integration with the K1000 Systems Management Appliance provides IT managers with an integrated solution to track, monitor and manage desktops, laptops, servers and mobile devices, and IT admins can access both appliances through single-sign on and view all mobile devices, PCs and servers from a single console.

“The definition of systems management is changing,” Dell Kace general manager Rob Meinhardt said. “In the past, our customers managed laptops, desktops and servers. Increasingly, they need to say ‘yes’ to devices of all kinds including smartphones and tablets. With the Dell Kace K3000 Mobile Management Appliance, our customers will have a well-integrated and easy to use system for managing and securing all types of devices, operating systems and endpoints in their IT environment.”

The company will offer general availability of the K3000 appliance in early 2013, and the limited release will be rolled out to Kace customers in January, a Dell statement said. The appliance joins Dell’s mobile management portfolio that includes Dell Wyse’s Cloud Client Manager and Dell MDM to provide organizations with the ability to manage end user devices from a single vendor, including laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones and thin clients as well as a larger onsite managed service offering.

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