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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

KACE Systems Management Appliance

I think it has added value for any organization. It reduced our Tech Support cost by:-Supporting users anywhere-Reducing users downtime as well keep them informed with the status of their tickets-Managing software and hardware actively-Processing automation-deploy mass software installs, patching or updates- Provide approved software's to users to install without IT help
Thayer Ramahi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salt Open Source

Salt Open Source Automation Engine is great for configuring servers in a centralised manner. It is not well suited for creating infrastructure, where tools like Terraform should be used instead.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

IT Asset Management

KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.8
Salt Open Source
Software and hardware inventory tracking
KACE Systems Management Appliance
9.1
Salt Open Source
License management
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.5
Salt Open Source
Asset lifecycle monitoring
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.8
Salt Open Source
Contract management
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.3
Salt Open Source
Asset relationship management
KACE Systems Management Appliance
9.2
Salt Open Source

Pros

KACE Systems Management Appliance

  • Inventory: KACE provides a ton of hardware and software inventory information that is easy to search, filter, and export. This is critical when we need to find the answers to questions about how many of such and such we have in our fleet.
  • Patch Management: We were using WSUS before and it was altogether too cumbersome. KACE has given us the power, flexibility, and verification we need to feel comfortable our patches are up-to-date.
  • Service Queue: We made KACE our help desk system and it does everything we need it to do. Great improvement over our old system.
Jeff Nickles | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salt Open Source

  • Reproducible set up of servers
  • Wide array of formulas ("packages")
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

KACE Systems Management Appliance

  • The KACE SMA needs a better way to handle different roles in the software so certain users can access or administrate certain parts of the software, but not the entire software installation.
  • The KACE SMA could improve the ticketing process of projects. The aspects of the title and some information do not always flow down from the parent ticket to its child tickets.
  • The KACE SMA could improve the UI of the software with the addition of different CSS color schemes.
Andy Anschutz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salt Open Source

  • Execution time is sometime longer compared to alternatives
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

KACE Systems Management Appliance

KACE Systems Management Appliance 8.5
Based on 3 answers
Overall, the software is simple to understand and use. That said, most vendors have been slowly updating their user interfaces to HTML5 so that they have a clean updated look and feel. This is where KACE falls short in that the UI is great for a packaged software 10 years ago. This isn't a major limitation as the software is really meant primarily for technology users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salt Open Source

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

KACE Systems Management Appliance

KACE Systems Management Appliance 9.1
Based on 6 answers
KACE does exactly what you need it to do, it maintains your computer environment. You can set patch schedules, inventory computers, setup software catalogs; basically everything you need to ensure the computers on your network are being actively managed. This is all with little need for constant configuration or updating the setup.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salt Open Source

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

KACE Systems Management Appliance

We have selected this software because it rolls several different systems into one. We have a helpdesk system with this and an asset and inventory management system as well. We pay one price for the whole system instead of paying multiple companies different amounts that would have totaled more than we pay for the single system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salt Open Source

Puppet was working fine for our needs. We decided to make the switch after our operating system vendor decided to stop official support for SaltStack
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

KACE Systems Management Appliance

  • KACE has saved us from having to spend several days of employee hours in crafting DVDs and duplicating them (100+ DVDs)
  • KACE has saved us on the postage required to send out those DVDs for every update (monthly) to all of our customers electronically
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salt Open Source

  • Much faster turnaround in provisoning test environments
  • Quicker rollout of services
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

KACE Systems Management Appliance

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Salt Open Source

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.6
Salt Open Source
8.0

Usability

KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.5
Salt Open Source

Support Rating

KACE Systems Management Appliance
9.1
Salt Open Source

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