Vector Delivers Powerful Desktop Asset Management Bundle at Low Annual Subscription Pricing

Duluth, Georgia and Tamworth, Staffordshire - March 3rd, 2004

Powerful PC Inventory and Software Distribution Capabilities in an Easy-to-Use Interface Available Now at Low Annual Cost with No Maintenance Fees

Vector Networks Inc., a provider of desktop management solutions that reduce the complexity and cost of managing PCs, today announced availability of PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle, which includes the award-winning Inventory Management and Software Distribution Modules from the PC-Duo Enterprise Desktop Management Suite.

The bundle, exclusive to the North American market, is available at subscription-based pricing through resellers including Zones, Inc. as well as direct from Vector Networks.

"We pooled our desktop management capabilities together with our resellers' understanding of the issues facing IT departments to design a targeted solution that meets the needs of the small-to-mid size enterprise," said Bill Wallet, General Manager, Vector Networks U.S. "This offer finally puts a comprehensive asset management solution within the reach of businesses struggling with the tedious task of manually auditing and distributing software to networked PCs."

Affordable, Scalable Solution

PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle automates the auditing, management and distribution of software for desktops throughout the enterprise. The software enables IT staff to eliminate the complexity and hassles involved with maintaining PCs by centrally managing the administration process from asset discovery to distribution of updates - all at one affordable price.

PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle enables enterprises to:

  • Reduce time spent auditing PCs and installing software on PCs
  • Determine if PCs are licensed for the software installed on them (discovering unlicensed PCs)
  • Automate collection and maintenance of hardware/software inventory data
  • Identify unexpected configuration changes
  • Improve end-user productivity and IT staff efficiency

Reliable discovery of software on client desktops is the critical step in managing software compliance and determining the correct software and updates to distribute to networked desktops. In an independent review of all major products, PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle scored highest in inventory accuracy.

"PC Duo Enterprise is the type of solution our customers love - easy to install, easy to use and packed with features," said Jeff Hansen, SVP Merchandising, Zones, Inc. "The Asset Management Bundle extends these capabilities to small and medium sized companies with the same asset management needs as large organizations but in a solution they can actually use and afford."

Building Block Architecture

PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle offers an easy introduction to asset management that allows businesses to deploy only the network management features they need without paying for features they don't use. As modular components of PC-Duo Enterprise, companies can easily add additional functionality as needed in the future. Other modules include Software Metering, Diagnostics, Remote Control and web-based HelpDesk Issue Tracking - all with one easy-to-use interface. PC-Duo Enterprise can be used out-of-the-box with minimal additional configuration and no expensive consulting services.

Pricing and Availability

As a limited time promotional offer, PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle is available via annual subscription from as low as $12 per desktop. PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle is available through resellers including Zones, Inc or direct from Vector Networks. A fully functional trial version of PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle is available for download at:

Vector will offer customers of PC-Duo Asset Management Bundle a free upgrade to PC-Duo Patch Pro, which will offer the same asset management features but will include automated patching features. PC-Duo Patch Pro is scheduled for availability in Spring 2004.

About Zones, Inc.

Zones, Inc. is a single-source direct marketing reseller of name-brand information technology products to the small to medium sized business market, enterprise, and public sector accounts, while actively supporting their legacy Mac customers through an inbound call center promoted by circulation of the Mac Zone catalog and a dedicated website. Zones sells these products through outbound and inbound account executives, specialty print and e-catalogs, and the Internet. Zones offers more than 150,000 products from leading manufacturers including 3COM, Adobe, Apple, Cisco, Epson, HP, IBM, Kinston, Microsoft, Sony and Toshiba.

About Vector Networks, Inc.

Vector Networks develops Windows-based desktop management software for the enterprise market. Vector's PC-Duo Enterprise Desktop Management Suite is a modular software package that enables enterprises to deploy customized systems management solutions for inventory management, remote control, software distribution, software metering, help desk and diagnostics. Vector Networks is an international company with customers in over 40 countries and an install-base of 3.5 million PCs.

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