4. KACE Networks: SME, local government and educational organizations need good systems management but lack the budget to afford enterprise-class products. KACE's management appliances, known as Kboxes, aren't full-blown systems management products like complex frameworks such as HP's Operations Management or IBM's Tivoli, but they address smaller IT shops' more critical needs.
The Kace Kbox is an appliance-based management product providing functions like device discovery, software distribution, patch management and a service desk. By packaging that up into an easy-to-deploy appliance, Dell serves a critical need in the SME, government and education space.
Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio