A principal at ITIC said “Corporations are deploying Macs and the Mac OS X 10.x at a rate not seen since the late 1980s.68% of respondents in a recent ITIC survey to state that they will allow end users to deploy Macs as their corporate desktops, doubling the number of respondents from the previous year.Drivers for growth:“Consumerization” of Macs in the enterprise has led workers who’ve enjoyed positive experiences with Macs in the home environment to seek out the same experience in the corporate environment. Microsoft Vista was a complete disaster—a number of businesses refused to upgrade to the operating system and turned to alternative platforms such as Mac OS X.Apple’s upcoming operating system, OS X Snow Leopard has built-in enterprise support for organizations that have the latest version of Microsoft Exchange.
The penetration of Macs into the enterprise makes it essential for businesses to utilize a cross-platform systems management solution. Existing options are lacking.Mac-Only Solutions:-Can’t handle other platforms-Eliminating future flexibility for businesses to bring Windows into their environment without purchasing a separate solution. Management suites that advertise the fact that they offer cross-platform support. -These management suites offer unequal levels of support for Macs and Windows, with being relegated to “2nd class status”-Piggy back off of Apple’s xServe solution and require customers to invest in additional hardware and software.
Requirement for Ideal Cross-Platform Solution:-optimize the entire systems management lifecycle-come out of the box ready to support Windows, Mac, and even Linux platforms. -works exactly the same way irrespective of platformKACE fits the bill! -Simply plug the appliance into your network and you’re ready to go. -There’s no extra training or learning curve required to provision multiple platforms.
xServe is a $3,000 product.
Even with added functionality, the pricing for KACE appliances remains the same!
KACE Ends Mac Systems Management Discrimination
KACE Ends Mac Systems Management DiscriminationSendhil JayachandranProduct Manager<br />
Global – Americas, EMEA, APAC</li></ul>Growth<br /><ul><li>18 successive growth quarters </li></ul>Recognition<br />KACE Background<br />“We've seen KACE achieve significant traction… during the past 12 to 18 months.”<br /> –Gartner, 2/09<br />Top 10 Products<br />VMWorld 2008<br />Editors’ Choice 2008<br />2008<br />* Emerging PC Lifecycle Configuration Management Vendors , February 2009<br />
What We Are Announcing<br />KACE is the first systems management solution to put the Mac platform on parity with Windows. KACE is offering full-fledged Mac support with no apologies…<br />KACE appliances’ multi platform support simplifies and streamlines IT operations for increased efficiencies<br />KACE empowers organizations to have TRUE freedom of choice when purchasing computers. <br />
Increasing Mac Presence in Enterprise<br />Snow Leopard built-in enterprise support<br />Consumer space momentum<br />Failure of Vista<br />ITIC Survey, Dec 2008<br />
Existing Options Lacking<br />Mac-Only Solutions<br />Management Suites<br />Can’t handle other platforms<br />No future flexibility in adopting Windows<br />Unequal levels of support for Macs and Windows<br />Investment in additional hardware and software required<br />
New Capabilities<br />Imaging<br />Innovative technology eliminates redundant transfers in the capture, storage, and deployment of images<br />Software Metering<br />Analyze the utilization purchased software. If software is not being utilized, opt to not pay expensive licensing fees. <br />Configuration Management<br />Enforce desktop settings across a network with a click of a button. <br />
Summary<br />KACE is the first systems management solution to put the Mac platform on parity with Windows. KACE is offering full-fledged Mac support with no apologies…<br />KACE appliances’ multi platform support simplifies and streamlines IT operations for increased efficiencies<br />KACE empowers organizations to have TRUE freedom of choice when purchasing computers. <br />