The Web interface and integrated features are designed to allow administrators to easily secure and manage mobile devices, without lengthy training or costly customization of the appliance software. The appliance integrates with the existing K1000 Systems Management Appliance: all endpoints -- mobile, PCs, and servers -- can be viewed via the Web console.
The K3000 offers some initial application management features, and Dell plans to expand on these in the future. "Most [mobile] users are using email, PIM [personal information management] and contacts, with some links to corporate databases," says Bjork. "But not many native enterprise apps are designed and built for a mobile devices. This is changing. There is more interest in apps that run locally and exploit the mobile UI."
For now, the K3000 lets administrators distribute and manage mobile apps, via emailed links to end users, for example. And it can manage the Apple redemption codes that let enterprise download App Store apps for multiple users.
The Dell KACE K3000 Mobile Management Appliance will be available as an "early access" software-only download (for VMware virtual servers) starting in January. The full appliance-based version is scheduled for March release. In keeping with the other KACE offerings, the appliance costs $4,500, with 100 managed "nodes" (mobile devices); a per-node charge of $13, with volume discounts; and a 20% annual recurring charge for support and service.
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