Wednesday, 10 February 2010 07:01

FrontRange Solutions launches DiscoveryTM 9 to improve the visibility of physical and virtualized IT Assets

By Gemma Maughan

'Swiss Army knife' approach enables organisations achieve expected cost savings and increased efficiency through 100% network visibility

FrontRange Solutions, the developer of Service and Infrastructure Management software for mid-sized and distributed enterprises has announced the launch of FrontRange Discoveryâ„¢ 9, the all-in-one solution for finding and tracking all physical and virtual IT assets across the corporate network.

FrontRange Discovery 9 enables a multi-faceted approach to network management. The latest version of the long-standing solution, introduces the ability to automatically detect and then audit virtual assets, including servers, desktops and applications, as well as applications published on thin client servers. Such capabilities will ensure organisations remain compliant, bringing considerable cost savings and increased productivity.

'Virtualization is one of the hottest trends across organisations today; yet many fail to realise expected cost savings and efficiency gains as they struggle to effectively manage their virtual assets,' says Kevin J Smith, Vice President Products at FrontRange Solutions, who explains the importance of tracking virtual hardware and software. 'Lack of full visibility of a company's network can lead to a sprawl of hardware devices and can even result in serious software license infringements. FrontRange Discovery 9 truly is the Swiss Army knife of the SAM world, due to its multiple abilities, but from just one resource. Even with a huge buzz around SaaS and Cloud Computing, the simple fact is that organisations still have huge investments in physical infrastructure that needs to be managed effectively if costs are not to run out of control. It is the most effective tool to help organisations retain control of their networks, minimising risks and maximising the opportunity to save costs.'

For organisations currently deploying virtualized hardware, FrontRange Discovery 9 supports VMware® ESX 3.5, VMware Virtual Server 2.0 VMware Workstation 6.5 and Microsoft® Hyper-V (Windows 2008).  For each of the above technologies, FrontRange Discovery will determine Guest/Host relationships [1] and audit Physical CPU cores on host, CPU speed, physical memory on host, PCI devices, system model, BIOS, vendor ESX version & build number.

FrontRange Discovery also audits virtual applications published using Microsoft App-V 4.5 and VMware ThinApp 4.0.

In addition to tracking virtual IT assets, FrontRange Discovery 9 also introduces the ability to audit thin client applications published using Citrix® XenApp 4.5 and 5.0 (Advanced, Enterprise and Platinum editions) servers.  

FrontRange Discovery 9 is available on general release from February 9th 2010.  Existing customers with a valid support and maintenance contract can upgrade at no additional cost.  For more information, please visit

[1] Guest/Host relationships not supported on VMware Workstation 6.5


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