The way we do business is changing. It is no longer acceptable to wait for a problem to occur and then go looking for solutions. Gone are the days when you had no idea what’s going on—maybe you’ve been hacked? Maybe there’s a configuration change in effect? Maybe something else? Here comes IT asset discovery.
But it’s hard to know how much time you have to investigate the problem before it becomes urgent. And even if you do figure out the issue, how can you be sure that the problem won’t crop up again?
The answer is IT resilience.
The best way to build IT resilience is to implement asset discovery and service mapping.
IT asset discovery helps you identify all the assets in your infrastructure, including hardware, software, operating systems, applications, databases, networks and storage. It also helps you identify the dependencies between these assets so that if one fails, others can be taken down or brought up as needed until the failed component is fixed or replaced.
Service mapping enables you to map services to their underlying functions. When a service goes down or starts behaving erratically due to configuration changes or other causes, you can quickly identify which component was affected and take corrective action accordingly.
A single system that enables you to discover and map all your IT assets can deliver faster, more cost effective and more secure implementations.
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The importance of IT asset discovery
IT asset discovery is the first step in the IT asset management process. It’s the process of finding, documenting and tracking all your IT assets so you can get a complete inventory of them.
Asset discovery helps ensure that you have a complete inventory of all your IT assets so you can manage them more effectively. When done properly, asset discovery reduces risk by ensuring that no critical systems are missing from your inventory or incorrectly inventoried as something else.
It also makes upgrading easier because it provides up-to-date information about what devices are currently in use and where they’re located within the organization’s network infrastructure–information that can be used during planning stages for future projects involving upgrades or replacements
Why service mapping?
A service map is a visual representation of how components interact within an IT environment
Service mapping is a critical component of IT asset discovery. It helps you to understand the dependencies between services, how they are configured and who uses them. Service mapping can help you to identify redundant or unused services, which may be candidates for decommissioning or consolidation.
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Discover, map, and analyze assets to achieve business resilience
IT resilience is a critical part of any organization’s success. With so much of the business dependent on IT, it’s important to ensure that your systems are functioning at their peak performance.
In a world where the internet has become an integral part of our lives, it’s more important than ever that businesses have a solid resilience strategy in place. The first step to building your IT resilience is knowing what you’ve got. If you don’t know what kind of assets you have, or how it’s configured, or even where it is, then you can’t begin to plan for its maintenance or replacement.
Once you’ve established a baseline of knowledge about your existing IT infrastructure, the next step is to make sure that it’s as resilient as possible.
When you have an accurate picture of all your assets and services, you can make sure that everything is running smoothly by monitoring for problems and responding quickly when they occur. This helps protect against outages or downtime which could impact productivity and customer satisfaction.
What is a resilient, secure and cost-effective approach to managing IT assets?
As the scope and complexity of IT grows, so do the challenges of managing it. A resilient, secure and cost-effective approach to managing your assets is needed.
The key to this is a single system that enables you to discover and map all your IT assets – then use that information as a base for building an inventory database with useful data on software versions, hardware specifications, licenses and more.
This approach allows you to:
- Quickly assess what’s missing from your current systems (or if there are any duplicates)
- Identify where vulnerabilities exist in terms of patch management or system updates
- Plan for future growth by mapping out which services could be scaled up without impacting performance
A single system that enables you to discover and map all your IT assets can deliver faster, more cost-effective and more secure implementations.
This is because it reduces the time required for analysis and planning. It also allows you to manage your entire estate in one place, which means that compliance requirements are met while security is improved across the board.
Virima is your all-in-one solution to build IT resilience
We believe that the best way to protect IT resilience is through asset discovery and service mapping. This enables you to discover all your IT assets and then map them in a single system, which can be used to quickly implement secure and cost-effective solutions.
Virima allows you to easily maintain a complete inventory of your IT environment, no matter where your assets are located. With the built-in reporting feature, you can easily generate reports on hardware failures or software patches that were applied. If an asset is replaced or disposed of, the software can be configured to automatically remove it from the inventory.
Virima’s holistic IT asset discovery software helps you find your assets across data centers, edge, and cloud environments. The extendable probes automatically discover thousands of physical and virtual computer, network, and storage assets.
The WFA solution from Virima is a great way to keep tabs on remote PC’s daily configuration changes and software usage over the Internet. The solution also tracks actual software usage for software metering reports to reclaim underutilized licenses.
Virima Discovery easily integrates with the ViVID (Virima Visual Impact Display) Service Mapping module that allows you to discover and map the interconnectivity between your IT infrastructure and applications as well as their dependencies.
It helps you to gain better visibility into your IT infrastructure and its impact on business services, enabling you to make more informed decisions about what needs improving when it comes to your current setup.
You’ll also be able to identify security risks quickly by seeing which applications or services have vulnerabilities that need patching or updating.But that’s not all! Find out more about how to build IT resilience with Virima Discovery and ViVID by scheduling a demo today!