Thursday, February 26, 2009

California Company with Columbus thought leadership - KACE Continues Rapid Expansion in Asia Pacific with 300% Customer Growth in 2008

Another California company with local connections:

Editor's note:
Mike Gray (who live in Columbus is chief architect of this company)

Mike Gray

Chief Architect

Prior to joining KACE, Mike Gray was a Senior Researcher in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University with a focus on grid computing. Before joining OSU, Gray was the Architect and Manager of Core Engineering at AvantGo (formerly NASDAQ: AVGO, since acquired by Sybase) where he oversaw development of the AvantGo Mobile Internet service supporting more than 8 million registered subscribers and the AvantGo Enterprise mBusiness Server (now Sybase M- Business Anywhere). Gray holds seven patents in various areas relating to mobile software and systems management. Prior to AvantGo, Gray held engineering and management positions at companies including Netscape, IBM, and Healthcare Research Systems, Ltd.

Gray holds a BS degree in Computer and Information Sciences from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Franklin University.

KACE Continues Rapid Expansion in Asia Pacific with 300% Customer Growth in 2008

Leader in Systems Management Appliances Appoints Martin Ryan Managing Director for Asia Pacific Region

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Feb. 24, 2009 KACE™, the leading systems management appliance company, today announced its continued rapid growth in the Asia Pacific region, with a 300 percent increase in customer bookings in 2008. A sampling of new wins includes Philippine Airlines, Telecom Brunei, Indonesian Post Service, and Y&R Brands out of Australia.

The award-winning KBOX family of appliances is currently offered throughout Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and also Brunei. Each country contributed evenly to the strong growth result. High customer demand for KACE’s innovative technology, the KBOX Systems Management and KBOX Systems Deployment appliances, is supporting further regional expansion. In 2009, KBOX appliances are also expected to be available in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Today, KACE also announces the appointment of Martin Ryan as the company’s managing director for the region. Ryan has spent more than 15 years focused on assisting global technology companies in the development of successful business practices in Asia Pacific. Ryan will lead KACE’s expansion by providing the necessary structure to grow and support customers and alliance partners.

“I am very excited to join a company that is bringing such technology innovation to the dynamic Asian markets,” said Ryan. “Customers in Asia Pacific and around the globe are reaping the benefits of a truly comprehensive, easy-to-use, and affordable systems management solution that is enabling IT organizations to do more with less. KACE should be at the top of every CIO’s priority list in 2009 and beyond. I look forward to building on the success KACE experienced in 2008 and am excited to help further our expansion in the region in 2009.”

Momentum highlights for KACE in the Asia Pacific region in 2008 include:

  • 300 percent customer growth over 2007;
  • Representation in 11 countries, expanding to 15 in 2009;
  • Five new partnerships signed in 2008.

Consisting of 22 countries and nearly 4 billion inhabitants, Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing regions in the world. The region has long been plagued by IT shortcomings, largely due to severe bandwidth-starved network infrastructures. The KBOX family of appliances offers a low-cost, high-quality solution providing affordable systems management, which includes remote systems management and deployment, software distribution, patch management, vulnerability assessment and remediation, and policy enforcement. With KBOX, customers can run mission-critical tasks from a central hub to remote offices, or to remote PCs thousands of kilometers away including low bandwidth sites.

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“Ease-of-use and affordability made KBOX an easy systems management solution choice for us,” says David Owen, IT Manager at Melbourne IVF. “We were able to efficiently manage our entire PC fleet within days of receiving the appliance, which is unheard of for KACE’s competitors. The KBOX appliance has enabled us to work much smarter with our limited technical resources.”

About KACE™
KACE™ is the leading systems management appliance company. The award-winning KBOX™ family of appliances delivers easy-to-use, comprehensive systems management capabilities. KACE customers usually install in one day and enjoy the lowest total cost compared to software alternatives.


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