Dell KACE K2000 Deployment Appliance allows IT organizations to save time and money by automating, tracking and managing Windows 7 migration processes
Today, Dell KACE announced its latest Dell KACE K2000 Deployment Appliance release, bringing robust Windows 7 deployment and user migration technology to IT organizations of all sizes at a time when many are faced with moving from the Microsoft Windows XP to the Windows 7 operating system (OS). Significant enhancements to the Dell KACE appliance accelerate Windows 7 migrations and reduce time-consuming manual procedures while still remaining quick to deploy and easy-to-use, saving IT administrators time and their organizations money.
“For most IT organizations, Windows 7 migration is now either in process or planned as the end-of-life date for Windows XP nears,” said Marty Kacin, VP of Engineering, CTO & Founder of Dell KACE. “Our latest K2000 Deployment Appliance release delivers highly innovative systems deployment technology that eases the pains of operating systems migration regardless of software version. The new appliance delivers administrators a turn-key seamless migration, without impacting end-user productivity.”
The new Dell KACE appliance tackles many of the pain points that come with Windows 7 migration, from determining hardware and driver compatibility to backing up and transferring end-user data. Industry research firm Gartner estimates “most organizations need 12 to 18 months of application testing and remediation before they can move to Windows 7.” Even though Microsoft extended its support of Windows XP to 2014, the length of time it takes for a full OS upgrade means many IT organizations will need to begin the process soon. Easing the migration to Windows 7 is important in today’s business climate as IT organizations move to minimize the time it takes for software and system upgrades and overall client systems management in order to focus their resources on more strategic initiatives.
To address Windows 7 migration challenges, the new K2000 Deployment Appliance introduces:
- Easy-to-use policy-based user state migration that enables IT managers to migrate end user documents and settings with far fewer errors and less rework time
- Continuous driver feed updates from Dell KACE that automatically download new drivers for Windows 7 and other operating systems, organized by computer model; and,
- Faster image deployments resulting from new K-image hard-link optimizations.
“With its innovative appliance-based approach, the Dell KACE Deployment Appliance delivers a fully integrated systems provisioning solution that reduces the complexity and cost barriers typically associated with OS migrations,” offers Steve Brasen, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates. “Where traditional software solutions can be difficult to deploy and administer, the Dell KACE appliance automates and simplifies deployment for organizations of all sizes by providing a turnkey appliance based solution.”
The new Dell KACE K2000 Deployment Appliance is generally available Dec. 10, 2010. Pricing starts at $4,500 and includes the first 100 nodes. Flat per appliance and educational pricing is also available.
To learn more about the K2000 Deployment Appliance and hear best practices for a successful Windows 7 migration, join Dell KACE on Thursday, Dec. 9 for a free webinar. Register at http://tinyurl.com/23hmu27.