IT Asset Management

IT Asset Management

AUTOMATED IT ASSET MANAGEMENT ELIMINATES MANUAL WORK.

The Challenge

Most IT asset management tools look capable at first glance. However, to give you what you need, they require your team to manually enter the details for every IT asset you wish to manage. Whether it is one data center or several, the cost of this exercise is painful on your people and budget. The average cost to collect IT asset data is about $15 for “readily visible” data and up to $100 for detailed configuration details. If you have thousands of servers, the cost could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars–and take months to complete. What’s more, manually collected data is error-prone. According to a survey of International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) members, 85% accuracy rate for tracking IT assets is above average and a 90-95% rate is exceptional. If your organization has 1,000 servers, a 10% inaccuracy rate means as many as 100 servers will have inaccurate data recorded.

The Solution

RAMP DCIM eliminates manual data entry through agentless, auto-discovery which captures detailed configuration data directly from the asset itself. Our IT asset management software utilizes multiple communication protocols–SNMP, IPMI, WMI, WBEM, iLO, DRAC, ALOM, RSA, and SSH–to gather and correlate the data. Along with collecting readily visible information (product name, manufacturer, model, location and serial number), RAMP DCIM collects detailed configuration data. For example, when it comes to servers, RAMP DCIM collects hardware components (processor, memory, physical and logical drives), services, network interfaces, operating system, installed software, hosts and more. You can add your own user fields, attach documents such as user manuals or purchase orders, and search and report against one asset or a group of assets.

RAMP DCIM doesn’t stop there. The software utilizes a sophisticated analytics engine to determine the relationships between devices. It can automatically determine network and power paths, along with which virtual machines and services are running on different systems. When used with an intelligent cabinet, the software can automatically tell you where the asset is located down to the rack U level. It will even tell you what outlet the asset is plugged in to.

Benefits

  • Greatly decreases the cost of initial collection and manual recording of the asset data
  • Provides much more detailed configuration data for the assets
  • Decreases the time for initial data collection from weeks or months to mere hours
  • Increases data accuracy rates from as low as 85% to rates approaching 100%