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Looking for lost servers, virtual machines, computers, storage, clouds, apps …

Ivanti (formerly LANDESK) has announced its new Data Centre Discovery tool to help users gain a deep understanding of the relationships and dependencies between applications, servers, network, and storage.

Stories abound of SYS Admins spending inordinate amounts of time looking for IT assets – the bigger the company the harder it is to find. Now with the cloud, virtual machines, hundreds of shadow IT apps this problem is rapidly escalating.

Data Centre Discovery is at heart a software asset management tool (SAM) that extends the discovery and software reconciliation capabilities of Ivanti’s robust IT Asset Management Suite, that delivers the discovery, workflow, and lifecycle management technology customers need for an effective IT asset management (ITAM) solution.

Steve Daly, Ivanti CEO, said, “We’re bringing much-needed transparency to the data centre. This provides a deeper understanding of IT assets and insights into their relationships and dependencies within the complex data centre environment. It extends the capabilities of our ITAM offering and delivers the advanced functionality our customers need to effectively manage their IT estates.”

Data Centre Discovery features:

  • Discover Data Centre Assets – Data Centre Discovery automates the discovery of on-premise hybrid cloud virtualisation environments, including VMware, Hyper-V, Oracle VM, and IBM Power Virtualization, and captures a wide range of data to help IT teams accomplish a focused discovery of software assets.
  • Achieve Vendor-Specific Visibility – IT departments can uncover high-value infrastructure software assets from vendors like Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM.
  • Realise Asset Dependencies – Better understand their assets and the relationships between applications, databases, virtualisation, clusters, and storage. It also clarifies which processes are running on servers versus ports, which can help teams more easily identify where problems are stemming from and reduce fix and recovery times.
  • Simplify the Toolset – Approximately 50% (https://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php/3311) of organisations have 12 or more discovery tools, and 11% have more than 30. This offers an integrated solution.
  • Save Time and Resources – Discovery with little effort – even in large multi-site data centres with agentless scans across Linux, Unix, and Windows servers. The solution automates the discovery of license versions, editions, installations and usage and reduces performance impact on the environment, with no need to install additional agents.
  • Minimise Audit Impact – Takes the guesswork out of asset management by providing verifiably accurate and up-to-date discovery data at any given moment. It encourages a proactive approach to SAM and helps mitigate the risk of vendor audits, which can result in huge penalties.

Michael Bosnar, ANZ managing director, Ivanti told iTWire that Data Centre Discovery is one of the few tools that offers detailed visibility into modern complex IT environments and brings speed and accuracy to discovery and dependency mapping.

It complements the existing Ivanti Licence Optimiser by providing necessary data to determine what software an organisation has – and how it’s being used – to model and improve effective license position. Together, the combined solutions empower asset managers to understand complicated data centre-based enterprise software and optimise software investments across all vendors, platforms, and licensing models.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!