Ties in patch and vulnerability controls
Kace Networks Inc has layered vulnerability and patch control features into its systems management appliance, to close the gap that can stand between the security and system procedures that often need to be carried out by the same administrator.
The KBOX Systems Management Appliance 4.3 has just hit the market and brings automated vulnerability discovery, fix and patch management controls to a system so far deployed to assist in software distribution, configuration and asset management, and other mainstay functions of desktop systems management.
The patch and vulnerability management software that is embedded in the appliance is from Lumension, formerly known as PatchLink. The system is good for Windows OS, Mac OS, Microsoft applications, non-Microsoft applications, and anti-virus updates, the vendor said.
The appliance will sell at around $9,900 can handle systems management tasks for up to 20,000 nodes.
Analysts believe the convergence of desktop security and PC systems management is inevitable and security vendors like BigFix, Blue Coat and Shavlik are starting to flesh out their own offerings with systems and network management features.
Kace appears to be well positioned in its own niche, and has reported it doubled revenues last year.