Aug 27, 2007 (03:08 PM EDT)
KACE Launches Appliance For Managing Virtual, Physical Servers

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Server systems appliance maker KACE on Monday launched a new product designed for managing virtual and physical environments.

The latest KBOX Systems Management Appliance is for companies looking to reduce the complexity of managing mixed environments. KACE claims its new appliance can be deployed in a day and at a third of the cost of software alternatives.

"There's no denying the benefits of virtualization, but using separate management tools for both types of environments adds another layer of complexity to the management process," Marty Kacin, co-founder and CTO for KACE, said in a statement. "KACE's technology allows customers to manage heterogeneous environments from the ease of one central appliance, which is significantly more efficient and less expensive to run."

KACE has introduced in KBOX a technology the company calls vState Management, which enables customers to reprovision or reconfigure a virtual machine based on a centrally defined system image. The feature is meant to save time when managing large numbers of virtual workstations.

Other features in the KBOX appliance include agentless deployment of physical and virtual machines from a centralized deployment library; and VM management support that covers software distribution, patching, configuration management, license compliance, and vulnerability scanning.

In general, the KBOX 1000 Series Systems Management Appliances is for automating routine IT maintenance tasks for endpoint nodes on a network. The company also makes the KBOX 2000 Series Systems Deployment Appliances for centralized provisioning and remote system recovery.

Virtualization is the use of technology that makes it possible to run different operating systems on the same computer system, thereby using all available processing power for running a variety of business applications. Virtualization is increasingly being used in the data center to consolidate servers and reduce power consumption through better efficiency.