KACE Simplifies Windows 7 Migration with KBOX Appliances

New deployment, management optimization features help organizations upgrade to latest Microsoft OS release

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KACE, a systems management appliance company, released a new version of its KBOX family of systems management and deployment appliances. The latest KBOX appliances offer new functionality and features that ease the migration, deployment, and ongoing management of the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. With the KBOX technology enhancements, KACE simplifies the migration from either Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7, saving organizations of all sizes time and money.

“Millions of enterprises around the globe are expected to migrate to Windows 7, but without the right management tools, the migration could wreak havoc on both end users and systems administrators,” said Rob Meinhardt, CEO and co-founder of KACE. “With the new supporting features in KBOX, KACE significantly eases the pain of Windows 7 migration -- from deployment to OS management -- and with the affordability and ease-of-use KBOX is known for.”

Some of the major new deployment and management capabilities of the latest KBOX family of appliances release include:

  • KBOX User-state migration allows for the deployment of user-specific files and settings along with OS applications, reducing the risk that critical information will be lost during migration
  • K-imaging provides a flexible, file-based imaging format that uses smart synchronization to eliminate redundant transfers in the capture, storage, and deployment of Windows 7 images
  • Network OS install automates the build-out of Gold Master reference machines and provides a hardware independent option to deploy Windows 7 through driver slipstreaming
  • Remote site provisioning allows users to manage OS migration on remote sites in addition to their headquarter network
  • Enhanced asset management capabilities allows users to monitor Windows 7 OS and software license compliance
  • Improved patch management capabilities enable users to automatically deploy relevant Windows 7 patches to machines on local and remote networks
  • Application virtualization lets users keep a Windows 7 deployment free from any potential application conflicts

The KBOX Systems Management Appliance (starting at $9,900) and the KBOX System Deployment Appliance (starting at $4,900) are available now. Additional information is available at http://software.dell.com/kace/.

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