Dell Acquires Kace

Computers giant Dell has purchased Kace, a systems management appliance company. Terms of the transaction, announced Feb. 11, were not disclosed.

Kace Networks makes Kbox, an application virtualization hardware and software package tailored to the requirements of midsize businesses and government, education and health care organizations.

The Kbox Systems Management Appliance offers a list of capabilities, such as device discovery, system inventory and asset management. Enterprises also use Kbox for power management software distribution and operating system deployment as well as for its application security features.

According to a statement, Dell plans to use Kace to better target midsized businesses; Kace’s appliances are aimed at midsized companies and public institutions; these appliances find devices, take systems inventory and manage IT assets. Smaller companies with less than 5,000 PCs find these Kace devices handy because they just don’t have the time or will to do systems management chores.

“We talk directly to thousands of these customers and they tell us they need systems-management tools geared for their environment,” said Steve Felice, president of Dell Consumer and Small and Medium Business, in a statement. “The Kbox family of appliances is highly capable, quick to deploy, simple to use and provides a rapid return on investment, exactly the sort of best-value solutions we’re delivering to customers.”