Programmatic Discovery

Manual vs. Programmatic Discovery

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Active Programmatic Discovery

Many customers looking to embark on any data center transition project will begin to gather system details and place these metrics into a spreadsheet.  Thousands of spreadsheets could end up being created, each one with a different schema as the various support groups attempt to collect data they are responsible for.  The network group may have multiple network spreadsheets, the server group may have multiple server spreadsheets.  All with disparate schemas/formats and we are always wondering if we are working from the latest spreadsheet version.

An optional component of VAiLPLEX provides for programmatic discovery and inventory of your IT infrastructure. Anything with an IP address can be collected and used as part of your subsequent analysis, models or other planning requirements.

This information includes details on:

  • Server Name, IP address, Disk, Memory, OS
  • Physical versus Virtual
  • Categorization, such as Production, Test, QA
  • Installed Programs, Services, Users defined
  • Physical versus Virtual
  • Geographical location/site information
  • Purchase Information
  • Vendor and Customer contact information

Discovery

The VAiLPLEX Metrics Collector Server provides active and passive discovery of your environment. This discovery requires information and credentials for items such as:

  • SNMP
  • SSH
  • WMI
  • vCenter
  • Hyper-V Server
  • Subnet
  • Active Directory
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Status, Deltas & Alerts

The VAiLPLEX Metrics Collector provides information on overall status, alerting and deltas (changes) with regards to expected devices that are no longer seen on the network as well as changes in installed programs.

Installed Programs

The VAiLPLEX Metrics Collector will also inventory installed programs and will provide information regarding the ports and protocols used. This information is invaluable when the overall workload, application and lines-of-business mapping to server groups is to be visualized later in your project.

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