Most ITAM vendors are still playing catch-up when it comes to managing and auditing virtual environments and ‘cloud’ based applications. Applications delivered via a virtual platform of some form still represent a minority in comparison to enterprise software but they are clearly here to stay and need to managed as assets alongside traditional applications.
ITAM vendors may be slow to build virtual auditing features because they do not fit into the traditional model (deploy agent – audit machine – populate database ). Auditing and monitoring virtual environments alongside conventional bits of tin is a whole new paradigm that doesn’t really fit into the data model of most tools, many of which were born in the mid to late nineties when virtualisation was limited to emulation or mainframe applications.
With this is mind it was refreshing to see what Centrix Software are up to. They claim to be able to monitor and manage Citrix, VMware and Microsoft virtual environments as well as internal web apps and clouds – with or without an agent. No mean feat.
I look forward to getting my hands on the software in the New Year. If their software lives up to the marketing messages they will have some popular software on their hands.
About Martin Thompson
Martin is also author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management.
On a voluntary basis Martin a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
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