Posted by: Ed Tittel
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Swiss-based Kaseya introduces bandwidth-sensitive multicast image deployment tool
Swiss-based automated IT systems management software provider Kaseya announced its Kaseya Imaging and Deployment Module on July 26. This tool aims at enterprise-class IT organizations and service providers to enable them to perform wholesale, large-scale operating system upgrades, with “…the ability to remote wipe and return a large number of computers to a known state” should something go wrong with an upgrade procedure. This is just the kind of capability that IT organizations (or outside service companies that provide IT services to enterprises, institutions, and large scale public entities) need to fit tightly scheduled time windows for updates and changes, with precisely the kind of guarantee that systems will be operating when that window closes, whether or not an upgrade succeeds or fails.
What’s most interesting to me about the announcement is that Kaseya is using multicast delivery to minimize network bandwidth consumption as large distributed deployments get staged across multi-site (and even multi-continent) WAN infrastructures. Kaseya is also sensitive to the need to restore certain kinds of machines to pristine states for regular abuse and re-use as, for example, is common in training centers, at educational institutions with computer labs, and other environments where starting over afresh on test or teaching PCs is standard practice. Kaseya permits complete automation of this process, including a wipe of any targeted machines, followed by installation of a selected image for the next work cycle on those PCs. Using Intel vPro or Wake on LAN technology, machines can reboot during off-cycle hours (usually in the middle of the night, for machines that will actually be used hands-on, but any time for VMs that may be used during any two of each day’s typical 8-hour work shifts), and automatically be refitted with a clean pristine image for the next users who will put those machines to work.
After reimaging completes, the Kaseya Desktop Migration module can automatically refresh PCs to a specific user state, ready for the next work cycle. It can also be automatically audited, then powered down to cut back on energy consumption until the next crew of users appears to put those machines to work. Kaseya modules are licensed as add-ons to the base Kaseya automation system on a per-seat basis, either on an annual subscription basis, or in the form of a perpetual license. Contact Kaseya for more information.