Dell announced the latest release of its award-winning Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance, which is designed to help customers better prepare and secure their IT environments from the deluge of devices, sensors and objects driven by the “Internet of Things.” Dell KACE K1000 version 6.0 enables organizations to boost their Internet of Things (IoT) readiness with new features that provide greater visibility across a company’s entire IT infrastructure, and lay the foundation for improved endpoint security.
IDC estimates that over 1.7 billion smart connected devices will ship in 2014. The firm further predicts that by 2020 the installed base of the IoT will be about 212 billion “things”. As more endpoints and devices enter the workplace, IT must grapple with increased interdependencies that create a wide range of management complexities and challenges.
A Dimensional Research survey of nearly 700 IT professionals worldwide was drawn up to assess the array of things connected to corporate networks, and understand the current state of endpoint security. The survey revealed that 48 percent of respondents have non-traditional endpoints on their networks, while 63 percent expected new types to be connected over the next three years. Up to 58 percent of respondents predict they will need to manage more than twice as many endpoints in a decade.
Security, visibility and internal expertise for managing new devices topped a list of IoT concerns. As much as 35 percent were sure that unknown devices or applications already were connected to their networks while 39 percent of those surveyed weren’t confident that their existing tools could scale sufficiently to handle the growth in the types of platforms they would be expected to manage.
Version 6.0 of the Dell KACE K1000 unifies IT asset discovery, inventory, management and reporting for all endpoint systems and devices through an integrated web-based console. With Dell KACE, organizations can rely on comprehensive systems management that scales seamlessly to keep pace with the proliferation of devices and OS platforms. Greater visibility across the entire infrastructure enables IT to improve security without adding undue management complexity or requiring the purchase of disparate tools or point solutions.
“As the number of Internet-connected computing devices that interact with back-end corporate IT infrastructures continues to grow, IT organizations should increasingly seek device-agnostic unified management solutions that encompass IT asset discovery, control, configuration and monitoring capabilities across a wide range of hardware and software platforms,” said Robert Young, research manager, Enterprise Systems Management Software, IDC.