Just a quick update on a client systems management product that I think is worth a look.
Following Dell's acquisition of KACE, the company has revised its K1000 product, which ZDNet reviewed last year, to add ITIL-based systems management. What this means is that, instead of following a more or less randomly-organised set of steps to, for example, provide a new employee with the IT they need, there's a managed workflow following best practices to be ticked off.
In addition, it allows you to implement power management on groups of clients -- desktops and laptops -- by imposing power settings, even waking them using WOL to do if necessary. Also new is the ability to apply power management and other policies by group, determined as a range of IP addresses, by location, by OS, or other criteria. Groups can be nested.
The box costs US$8,900 -- I'll update this with a UK price when I get it -- for 100 nodes and includes all features.