Overview of Hornbill's Assetworks
Enterprise Asset Discovery and Management
Organisations face the challenge of ensuring that all deployed assets are fully utilised regardless of their number and location. This challenge is addressed by "Asset Management", which, if managed correctly, will guarantee considerable cost reductions in IT expenditure. Research by analyst groups suggests that as much as 30% of an organisation's annual IT budget can be saved through effective Asset Management.
Assetworks Discovery provides fully-automated enterprise asset discovery. When Assetworks is deployed on an organization's network, it will automatically discover the computers, printers, networks, switches and most other devices that are attached to the network. Assetworks Discovery automates the collection of this data, and builds a comprehensive repository of Inventory information uncovered by the discovery process.
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In organizations where the number of PCs and printers are in the 100s or 1000s it is not practical, cost-effective or accurate to visit each PC to perform a manual audit. Today's computing environments are so dynamic that a PC's software configuration can change daily, with automatic patch distribution such as Microsoft's Automatic Update solution. Assetworks will collect comprehensive information about every PC's hardware configuration (memory, processor, disc etc), the operating system, installed software products, peripherals such as modems, printers and scanners, network configuration details and key information including make, model and serial number.
In addition to PC's, Assetworks Discovery will also discover network-attached printers and most network devices such as routers, switches, hubs, radio base stations and other TCP/IP enabled devices.