Dell buys systems management in a box

Hardware manufacturer Dell last week announced its intention to acquire systems management appliance vendor KACE, in a move that analysts say will strengthen its offering to small and medium sized businesses.

KACE’s flagship product is K-BOX, an appliance that contains software to manage PCs, laptops and servers. According to analyst company the 451 Group, Dell will use the acquisition to bolster its SMB division, offering systems management functionality to organisations with up to 5,000 devices.

In 2007, Dell acquired two software-as-a-service systems management vendors, SilverBack and Everdream, both of which serve a similar market. But KACE’s technology will help Dell sell to customers that require on-premise systems, the 451 Group said.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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