Sassafras K2 Version 7.3 released

New Sections feature facilitates Federated Management

Sassafras Software, a pioneer in Software Asset Management (SAM) and IT Asset Management (ITAM), has released a major upgrade of its award-winning product, K2 – KeyAuditor & KeyServer. Version 7.3 adds support for administrative Sections and Federated Management, more flexible Access Control, and audit and usage tracking of Java applications.

Sections

Sections are a way to partition a single KeyServer in order to accomplish Federated Management. Section Manager accounts have limited visibility and configuration rights into only certain computers and their relevant policies and purchases. For more about what Sections do and how to use them, refer to the Sections documentation.

Computers window as seen by a Section Administrator

Computers window as seen by a Section Administrator

To support easy configuration of Sections, Access Control Lists have been improved in v7.3. Now administrators have greater flexibility and ease of use to align administrative access with standard use cases and avoid additional manual configuration.

Java Support and Enhanced Product Recognition

K2 is now able to audit and track usage of Java programs, just like standard compiled executables. Java programs can be incorporated into Product definitions and will then appear in Audit reports. Java Products can be managed by Policies for usage logging or access control.

Along with support for Java programs, K2 7.3 introduces an enhanced way of uniquely identifying programs. In addition to supporting Java applications, this change also helps improve recognition of non-java executables.

KeyReporter Functionality

Since the complete rewrite of KeyReporter in version 7.2, more and more K2 users are using KeyReporter as an invaluable part of their IT Asset Management (ITAM) and Software License Optimization (SLO) programs. KeyReporter 7.3 includes many new features and improvements, such as the ability to embed single KeyReporter widgets (charts, graphs, and reports) into other web pages, new options on the Computer Availability Map page, and the ability to restrict some views to single Sections.

A new Product Catalog dashboard widget lists the products that are available for use on computers in each Section. URLs can be added and used for installer download links to support end-user provisioning.

Award Winning Software

Most recently, Sassafras was Ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction by the readers of The ITAM Review. Sassafras was voted #1 of the seven ranked publishers, out of a field of 22 companies! Winner of a coveted SIIA CODiE award for “Best Asset Management Solution,” and recognized by the BSA, K2 KeyAuditor & KeyServer tracks and controls access to hardware and software assets with detailed license entitlement reconciliation, Software License Optimization (SLO), and usage reporting for any combination of physical, virtual, and thin client computers running Windows, Macintosh, Linux, or Solaris operating systems.

Customizable dashboards and reports provide integrated views of hardware and software asset allocation, software usage patterns, and license compliance. K2’s data can be easily integrated with other IT Management and Procurement systems for customized reports that combine data from multiple sources. K2 scales from managing small lab facilities with just a few dozen computers to global enterprises managing tens of thousands of computers across global networks.

Availability and Pricing

K2 version 7.3 began shipping on July 20, 2015. Customers who purchased K2 after July 1, 2015, and customers with a current Technical Services Subscription Plan, will receive K2 version 7.3 at no charge. Pricing is based on the number of client devices placed under K2 management. K2 is licensed as a complete package including all components and basic technical support at no additional charge. Discounts are available for academic and non-profit organizations.

Additional information, live demos, and evaluation copies are available by contacting:
Sassafras Software Inc.
603-643-3351
info@sassafras.com

About Sassafras Software, Inc.

Sassafras Software has a long tradition as an innovator and market leader in tool development for Software Asset Management (SAM). The pioneering KeyServer® product has evolved over 25 years since its initial release into an elegant, award-winning, unified tool set for Hardware and Software Asset Management. K2 is a winner of the CODiE Award for “Best Asset Management Solution”.

K2-KeyAuditor & KeyServer is designed for today’s complex physical, virtual, and cross-platform computing environments where it has become a critical component of license compliance and software cost reduction efforts in some of the largest corporate, educational, and government enterprises worldwide. Sassafras enjoys broad support from software publishers, including many technical partners that rely exclusively on K2 technology.

Sassafras has been instrumental in driving the development of software licensing standards for over two decades. Members of the Sassafras team were among the coauthors of the LS-API specification in the early 1990’s. In recent years, Sassafras personnel have coauthored the ISO/IEC 19770-2 Software ID (SWID) standard and the ISO/IEC 19770-3 Software Entitlement standard.

Sassafras Software has been recognized by the world’s leading IT Asset Management associations with the highest levels of professional recognition in the IT Asset Management industry.

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