As the number of devices connected to the network grows, IT needs a reliable method to track device information. Erik Eckel advocates the use of a simple checklist to quickly access critical details.
Almost without fail, organizations are increasingly deploying network equipment. Whether for access control of doors, wireless networks, voice communications or data connectivity, network devices are ubiquitous facilities.
An article from TechRepublic of December 2018, 8 emerging technology trends you can expect to see in 2019, observed that "82% of the respondents in an international survey of Forrester IT said that they could not identify all the devices connected to their networks". All indications are digital trends, so the number of devices connected to the network will only increase.
With various projects that implement network equipment in different periods throughout the year, and with a variety of equipment that has different manufacturing dates, warranty expiration periods and life cycle windows, simply tracking which equipment is physically implemented , where it is a challenge. Regardless of size, companies are struggling to keep up.
Fortunately, an old-school tracking method works very well: the checklist. All companies require some mechanism to track technology assets, and network equipment is particularly critical.
While electronic asset management systems and automated management platforms promise to discover and track network devices, most network administrators know from experience that there is no substitute for simple lists. The basic documentation, written manually, is not subject to damage to the database, failed discovery due to incompatible firmware, omission due to a device that shuts down, routing and change configuration problems and other problems that may cause the platforms of automated software are missing or incorrectly reporting the inventory.
Rapid access to critical information on the network device is necessary when planning and coordinating office transfers and renovations, platform updates and system audits. A checklist that collects production status, location, brand, model and IP information allows double verification of assets and inventory lists generated by software platforms, auditors and managers.
A piece of ZDNet from March 2019, What is the IIOT? Everything you need to know about the industrial Internet of things.He noted, "the advent of tiny low-cost sensors and high-bandwidth wireless networks now means that even the smallest devices can be connected, given a level of digital intelligence that allows them to be monitored and tracked, and can Share data about your status and communicate with other devices. " That's good and bad, considering that every legitimate device connected to a network offers potential improvements in productivity and efficiency, while presenting an opportunity for compromise, unauthorized access and corruption.
For this reason, all organizations must maintain an accurate list of network equipment in the inventory. And knowing that some devices may go unnoticed by automated inventory platforms or may even be forgotten for a long time as part of a long-standing legacy initiative, there is no substitute for maintaining an old list for each component.