In datacentres everywhere, servers and computing resources are being made available instantaneously. Virtualisation and the consumption of cloud-based services is increasing. The majority of software spend is within the datacentre— so it's vital that these investments and associated potential compliance risks are properly managed.
Effective management of costs and compliance risk requires visibility, understanding and active management of what you currently own. This extends to clarity on the usage rights of your software, what you have deployed, what is currently being used and how this might change over time.
Understanding what servers and applications are actually running in your datacentre is the first challenge. Often it is difficult for infrastructure managers and application owners to know precisely what is deployed across their estate.
Software applications and associated licensing metrics for datacentre level technologies requires an understanding of the hardware, clustering and virtualisation layers to determine such things as CPU/Core Factors, affinity rules, virtualise server mobility and (sub) capacity utilisation.
With the facts to hand, you can either optimise configurations in line with current software contracts and license entitlement or enable larger scale strategic projects, such as datacentre transformation or an adoption of a cloud-first strategy.
Through a combination of agentless discovery and drawing data directly from the virtualisation layer, we can quickly gain an understanding of what servers and application workloads are deployed across your IT estate.
Through the use of specific tools or scanning agents, Bytes can collate a detailed understanding of what applications are deployed and how these are configured and being used.
Once a clear inventory of your datacentre is established, it will be matched against the current software agreements and license entitlements, which will determine your Effective License Position (ELP).
Using the ELP and configuration information, Bytes will advise on how best to optimise your estate and licensing agreements to address any current deployment gaps, taking into consideration future software requirements.
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