The development of user generated content has taken the Internet by storm – but mostly we hear about websites such as MySpace, YouTube and Digg. However, there are other focused communities that have formed with a very positive impact on their readers and contributors. In the systems management area, one such community leading the way is AppDeploy.com. This site offers computer administrators a free and easy way to search for answers and best practices with command line switches, registry information, feature articles, reviews, product summaries, message boards, downloads and more – all organized by application and vendor. Over the past 10 years, this website has grown to 100,000 unique monthly visitors with over 16,000 registered and contributing members.
At KACE, we realized that if we could deliver the information available on AppDeploy.com directly into the KBOX Systems Management Appliance that we could make it exceptionally easy for KBOX customers to gain valuable information when they need it, without having to search for it. Even more powerful and to the benefit of all systems administrators (whether they use KBOX or not), we’ve been able to use the growing KBOX community to automatically collect information and make it available through AppDeploy.com. This has enabled the AppDeploy database to expand to over 60,000 titles. These two ideas together form the basis of AppDeploy Live.
AppDeploy Live is a breakthrough in systems management bringing together two communities to solve the everyday issues that computer administrators face. As a KACE founder, our initial vision to “make systems management more like TiVO and less like systems management” is one step closer in coming true.