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May 1, 2006 5:21 pm

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Last week was busy for asset and systems management vendors. Microsoft announced its acquisition of AssetMetrix, and LANDesk will be acquired by Avocent. Those are some interesting moves, but we think Novell’s technology will still come out on top.Most software recognition tools use simple file recognition that can “regurgitate” inaccurate licensing information from file headers in the inventory report. The file header information, also known as the “Version Resource Block” or VRB, is notoriously inaccurate:* Incorrect spelling of product names* Information isn’t normalized (i.e., Microsoft is listed as “Microsoft Inc.” “Microsoft Corp.” “Microsoft Corporation”)* Run-time and evaluation versions with real product are confused (“I was just *demo’ing* the software, Mr. Policeman, sir!)* Double-count or under-count apps* Incorrect version numbersAnd the list goes on, but the end is the same . . . inaccurate results.Take our approach to asset management. Novell uses a patented fingerprinting technique that positively identifies each application, and actually reports on a one-to-one basis what is licensed on the machine. That kind of sophistication is hard to come by and gives Novell customers a real edge when it comes to demonstrating license compliance.Check out this whitepaper for more information.

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  1. By:eric

    you forgot to mention that landesk actually does a lot more than inventory and asset control.

    aren’t they leading the pack for managing windows desktops?

  2. By:Anonymous

    Novell ZENworks also does more than inventory and asset control. We also offer cross-platform tools that automate management across the lifecycle of desktops, laptops, servers and handheld devices –
    automatically applying and enforcing business policies, and dynamically managing IT resources based on user and device identities.

    In addition to asset inventory, Novell ZENworks Suite includes the following capabilities:
    Desktop Management
    Linux Management
    Patch Management
    Server Management
    Handheld Management
    Personality Migration
    Data Management
    Software Packaging

  3. Do you have a side-by-side comparison matrix with all the afore-mentioned products?

  4. Duane – competitive information is at https://www.novell.com/products/zenworks

    Key differentiators for ZENworks as opposed to ZENworks are:
    – full identity enablement for management
    – extremely scalable
    – cost effective
    – cross platform

    Following your threads – YES! Of course it runs on NetWare…. :)

  5. Duane – competitive information is at https://www.novell.com/products/zenworks

    Key differentiators for ZENworks as opposed to LANDesk and others are:
    – full identity enablement for management
    – extremely scalable
    – cost effective
    – cross platform

    Following your threads – YES! Of course it runs on NetWare…. :)

  6. Pointing to the ZENworks product website doesn’t do anything to help. Why not just point me to novell.com or the internet in general?

  7. Is it true you got that job by standing up at a presentation and telling the existing PM his observations on Landesk were inaccurate? This is probably one of those folklore things but it would be interesting to hear the story.

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