Dell overhauls appliance product, strategy
Dell is rethinking its appliance strategy. The firm recently announced a new version of its KACE K1000 systems management hardware appliance as well as a deal with Novell to use its SUSE Studio for updating Dell hardware, software and virtual appliance products.
The Dell KACE K1000 is a standalone management appliance that performs systems management functions, including device discovery and inventory; software distribution; patch and asset management; security audit and enforcement; broadcast and administrative alerts; remote control; reporting and dashboards; and service desk and power management. The new version now supports the latest Federal Desktop Core Configurations (FDCC), a list of security settings recommended for systems connected directly to any United States federal agency. Dell also updated the KACE Firefox Secure Browser and introduced the new Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Scanner, which enables IT organizations to audit systems to help ensure compliance with security policies.
Dell also joined the Novell SUSE Appliance Program, which means it can create virtual appliances based on SUSE Linux Enterprise, using SUSE Studio, Novell’s appliance authoring suite, to deliver application and OS patches.
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