Dell Software today announced the latest version of the Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance, which now includes integrated software asset management to boost software license compliance, while helping lower IT costs. A flagship product in Dell Software’s endpoint systems management portfolio, the K1000 adds automated software asset identification, tracking and optimization to its comprehensive list of capabilities for managing the deployment, operation and retirement of an organization’s critical software assets.
The rapid adoption of virtualization, cloud computing and BYOD further complicates software licensing structures, which can increase a company’s risk of non-compliance. BSA | The Software Alliance, a global advocate for the software industry, has settled unlicensed software cases with 12 different companies from January 2012 to May 2013. These settlements, valued at an estimated $3.3 million, reveal the costly consequences of non-compliance while reinforcing the critical need for highly reliable, accurate reporting of all software licenses.
With this latest release, the K1000 simplifies the increasingly arduous task of responding to software audits by tracking, assessing and ensuring software license compliance across multiple versions, as well as inconsistent package and component names. Additionally, the K1000 eases the burden of determining software usage, which is exceedingly difficult due to complex software licensing structures. As a result, Dell Software can empower organizations of all sizes to identify software licenses with great accuracy while making it easy to reclaim and reallocate underutilized software.
“Constant market changes such as mergers, acquisitions and product End-of-Life (EOL) announcements often increase an organization’s risk of exposure to non-compliance fines or software overspending,” said David Kloba, general manager of Endpoint Systems Management for Dell Software. “By extending the K1000’s capabilities with automated and integrated software asset management, Dell is making major strides in helping our customers improve software compliance, reduce unnecessary license costs and accelerate software migrations.”