A consolidated and centralized approach to IT asset management is crucial for effectively managing the IT infrastructure of servers, printers, switchers, routers, computers, software and non-computer assets. But, it’s proven to be an elusive goal when attempted with manual processes, spreadsheets and other semi-automated systems that can’t keep up with the pace of change and asset complexity. The reality of software compliance, the desire to implement industry best practices (such as ITIL) and to track resources from purchase to retirement have cost most organizations an inordinate amount of time and resources with little success.
K1000 asset management saves organizations time and money by providing comprehensive and flexible anypoint asset management across a variety of devices and operating systems like Windows, MAC, Linux, UNIX and Chromebooks, as well as connected non-computing devices, such as printers, phones and switches*. K1000 is easy to use, affordable and unifies and automates inventory asset management processes from deployment to retirement, including asset data audit, tracking, compliance and reconciliation. The K1000 tracks non-computer and computer assets in a single configuration management database (CMDB), and the asset data is audited automatically on an on-going basis. And once asset data is rationalized, K1000 asset management enables asset tracking through the lifecycle, including move, add, change and delete (MACD) activities. K1000 asset management ships with common license types for automatic, out-of-the-box support for storing asset associations, such as vendor, contract, service and maintenance contracts, ensuring accurate tracking of the financial and service impacts of asset changes.
*Inventory and asset management for Chromebooks and non-computing devices is priced lower than for management of other computing systems. Please check with your local representative.
The K1000 integrates with the Dell Application Catalog to provide comprehensive software discovery and reconciliation capabilities. Keeping track of software licenses and usage has become exponentially harder due to the proliferation of versions, inconsistent naming and tracking mechanisms and increasingly complex license structures. With over 110 million software entries, the Dell Application Catalog contains important information, including application version and name variations, normalized publisher names and categorization of the applications themselves. This enables IT administrators to accurately and reliably discover, track and manage software assets to optimize license usage and achieve compliance. The Dell Application Catalog is updated daily and can be downloaded as frequently as needed. It also automatically maps minor versions up to the parent package to enable tracking of licensing and usage across major versions. The K1000 is able to discern whether an application has been installed in standalone mode, or as part of a greater software suite. It can also distinguish between retail and OEM-purchased licenses, and can also now identify systems that have Microsoft App-V installed, plus provide a list of the sequenced applications installed within App-V.
K1000 asset management capabilities are extremely flexible, and allow administrators to easily create, assign and modify assets. Computers and servers are automatically added as they are discovered on your network. In addition, SNMP object identifiers can be received and tracked for non-computing devices – such as toner levels for printers – for more comprehensive reporting and management. Assets can be quickly assigned or modified using the intuitive K1000 Web-based interface. They are integrated across complementary K1000 functions and are reflected in the main inventory and service desk, so that they can be easily tracked via standard reporting. New or modified asset types can be linked to any other asset type, and support a comprehensive list of field types, including attachments. This allows K1000 asset management functions to be quickly tailored to meet the asset management and compliance needs of any organization.
Software asset management (SAM) features of the K1000 enable organization to maintain software license compliance, harvest unused or underutilized applications, and better negotiate volume purchases. The K1000 integrates with the Dell Application Catalog to provide accurate and reliable software license usage and tracking across application versions, name variations, publisher names and application categorization. This enables IT administrators to accurately and reliably discover, track and manage software assets to optimize license usage and achieve compliance. The inventory process discovers installed software on machines, including applications installed with Microsoft App-V. Using drop down menu filters to define software asset groups, the associated licenses can be tracked against the number of installations using K1000 asset management capabilities. Tracking for software compliance can be automated. By defining filters to include all current, and more importantly future, versions of an application in the license group, an administrator can monitor the number of licenses installed automatically, even as new versions of an application become available. This is essential for managing software license agreements, including upgrades. It also provides flexibility for negotiating ongoing volume purchases.
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