Device proliferation threatens to overwhelm IT pros, survey finds

To address this challenge, Dell KACE updates its K1000 platform

IT professionals are hunkering down for the onslaught of devices being connected to their networks. These include mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, printers and audiovisual devices, to name a few--all of which need to be monitored and managed.

Close to 90 percent of 723 IT pros surveyed recently by Dimensional Research on behalf of Dell Software said that they expect the number of total types of devices requiring management to increase over the next three years.

The proliferation of devices give rise to a number of concerns among respondents, including security, the ability to monitor device and app performance, and the ability to management assets. More than 60 percent of respondents said they were sure or suspected that there were unknown devices or apps connected to their networks.

"IT environments are becoming increasingly more diverse and complex, and consequently harder to manage. Mobility, along with more and more 'smart' devices (i.e., the Internet of Things) has led to a significant increase in the number and types of devices that are connected to corporate networks, devices that you must now track, manage and secure," wrote Jason Tolu with Dell KACE in a blog.

To help IT pros cope with this device proliferation, Dell is updating its KACE K1000 mobility management platform to enable enterprises to discover, configure, secure and manage computers and devices in multi-platform environments.

Version 6.3 offers systems management support for Chromebook, integration of inventory directly into K1000's asset management capability, and report and service desk functions.

The update provides IT better insight and control with Windows agentless inventory and monitoring for PCs and services, and the option to integrate server monitoring logs and alerts with Windows, Linux and Unix servers.

In addition, the platform provides better agentless device discovery and asset management of connected devices so that enterprises can better manage their IoT devices and data.

Commenting on the upgrade, Dave Perry, technical operations manager at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, said that the newest version of K1000 "allows us to discover, configure, secure and support 600 computers, hundreds of network switches and printers, as well as automatic electronic device and powerful projection systems in our interactive exhibits, immersive classrooms and planetarium."

For more:
- check out the Dell KACE release
- read Tolu's blog post

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