Easy-to-use, Comprehensive and Affordable Systems Management

KACE K1000 Series Management Appliances Architecture

Harnessing the Power of an Appliance-based Architecture

Introduction

Organizations in almost every industry and of every size have rolled out a variety of business applications to their workforces. These applications and their supporting systems must be regularly updated and managed, often across geographically distributed networks. At the same time, IT organizations are finding they need to defend these applications and associated infrastructure from an increasing number of security threats. In response to these challenges organizations have turned to traditional, enterprise software IT management solutions. However, the cost and complexity of deploying and maintaining these solutions has put them beyond the reach of many companies. For instance, traditional, enterprise software solutions require hardware procurement and configuration, as well as software installation, integration and customization. In fact, the complexity is such that most traditional software vendors recommend weeks or months of expensive professional services to deploy their solutions. As a result, often only the largest of organizations can afford comprehensive IT automation.

The Dell KACE systems management appliances break down these cost and complexity barriers and brings affordable, end-to-end IT automation to organizations of all sizes by utilizing an appliance-based architecture. An appliance-based architecture delivers a complete, preintegrated bundle of operating environment and application software via a dedicated server appliance. It can be plugged into an existing network and immediately begin functioning, and eliminates many of the complexities and costs of traditional software solutions such as hardware procurement, and software installation and integration. At the same time an appliance-based architecture provides exceptional performance, reliability, and scalability through a purpose-built solution that is pre-tuned, hardened and self-healing. This paper describes how the K1000 appliance-based architecture provides an IT management solution that is both extremely robust as well as highly affordable.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Breakthrough Performance and Reliability 3
A Strong Foundation: The Platform Layer 4
Built-in Reliability: The Management Services Layer 5
High Usability: The Application Services Layer 6
Complete Management: Agent and Agentless Capabilities 7
Predictable Scalability 10
Flexible Payload Staging 11
Network Optimized Communication 12
Conclusion 12

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