Dell subsidiary Kace has announced an update to its K1000 management appliance aimed at mid-sized companies, adding in support for the latest operating systems among numerous other enhancements.
Set to be available in November, version 5.4 of the K1000 appliance's software will add support to enable it to manage systems running Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, plus Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Suse Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu and also Windows Server 2012.
The Dell Kace K1000 targets mid-sized firms that may not have a large IT department to call upon, and so is delivered as a self-maintaining rack-mount hardware appliance that can perform device discovery and inventory, plus software distribution and patch management, among other capabilities.
The move is in recognition that IT staff are facing a number of challenges, with a growing number of platforms now being used in business environments, Saranya Babu, Dell Kace senior product marketing manager told V3.
"Our customers aren't the large enterprises served by high-end tools from IBM and HP or the smallest businesses that go for point solutions or manual processes, they typically start at around the 500 employee mark and aren't currently well served by management platforms," Babu explained.
Version 5.4 of the K1000 software adds over 700 enhancements, which includes support for the latest operating systems, automated updating of client-side agents, plus on demand patch-optimisation, which lets IT teams choose which patches they wish to download and push out to their systems.
Also new is a machine inventory API, which allows unsupported platforms to be recognised by the K1000 inventory scan by providing an XML file, whereas this information previously had to manually entered through the K1000 console.
The machine inventory API will become more significant in future with the release of a mobile device management appliance Dell Kace is planning, which will further extend management support to tablets and smartphones powered by platforms such as iOS and Android.
This will be able to provide inventory and asset management information on mobile devices by linking back to the K1000 via the machine inventory API. The firm declined to give further details.
The updated Dell Kace software will be available as a free upgrade for existing K1000 users with an active support contract.
However, new customers will benefit from upgraded hardware, as new K1000 appliances will be based on Dell's 12th generation PowerEdge server platform, which launched earlier this year.
The K1000 is also available as a virtual appliance. Pricing remains unchanged, according to Dell Kace.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago