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Make software license optimization and compliance an easy-to-obtain reality with the Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance’s inventory, asset management and reporting capabilities. The K1000 can save your organization money through pragmatic software asset management (SAM) with optimal utilization of purchased licenses and license harvesting, while addressing the need for proof of compliance through comprehensive reporting. It allows the assignment and reconciliation of software licenses against auto-discovered software, to ensure your organization stays within license agreement terms.

How it works:

Software inventory
The K1000 provides detailed software inventory for Windows, Mac, Linux and UNIX systems in your environment, including inventory of applications installed with Microsoft App-V. The inventory is then reconciled with the Dell Application Catalog to help you keep track of software licenses amid the proliferation of versions, inconsistent naming and tracking mechanisms, and increasingly complex license structures.
Dell Application Catalog
The Dell Application Catalog contains more than 409 million software entries with information on application version and name variations, normalized publisher names, and categorization of the applications. Consequently, the K1000 can discern whether an application has been installed in standalone mode, or as part of a greater software suite, as well as distinguish between retail and OEM-purchased licenses. The K1000’s integration with the Dell Application Catalog enables you to accurately and reliably discover, track and manage software assets, optimize license usage and achieve compliance.
Software asset management (SAM) and usage metering
The K1000 also has a number of SAM features to help you maintain software license compliance, harvest unused or underutilized applications, and improve negotiation of volume purchases with visibility to general availability, end-of-life dates, and manufacturer’s suggested retail price information. You can define software asset groups and track the associated licenses against the number of installations. You can also track future versions of an application and monitor installed licenses even as new versions become available, at a level including provisions for upgrade/downgrade rights. This is essential for managing software license agreements. You can also track usage of software and harvest licenses by uninstalling unused software from systems and either transferring the software and its license to different users who need them, or removing those licenses from your next vendor purchase agreement.
Software blacklisting and removal of unauthorized software
With the K1000 you can blacklist unwanted applications, such as games or applications with known vulnerabilities, with a single click.  The K1000 then prevents your end users from running those applications on their systems, eliminating security threats and productivity impacts posed by unauthorized software. You can also run reports to discover unauthorized applications and easily uninstall them.

Resources

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