Tech Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) – Insight Enterprises has announced that its Cloud + Data Center Transformation (CDCT) solution area has slashed weeks or even months off IT transformation projects by improving both the speed and the quality of the IT asset discovery process.

Insight-led IT transformation services are now facilitated by a new SnapStart tool that inventories and maps IT infrastructure, assets, applications and related dependencies up to 20 times faster than commercial off-the-shelf solutions, shortening the total turnaround time for data platform modernization, cloud, migration and other major data center initiatives.

Successful technology migrations

Coupled with information gathered by consultants from interviews with clients, the information provided by SnapStart lays the foundation for data platform modernization programs that drive business agility, operational efficiency, improved customer experiences and other vital business outcomes. Having complete visibility into the existing on and off-site IT environment is crucial to planning successful technology migrations, cloud and workload alignment, data center consolidation, disaster recovery, data classification and virtually every other IT project.

95% data accuracy

Insight-led IT asset discovery services facilitated by SnapStart fast-track these initiatives by delivering exponentially faster setup and scanning of the environment. In one case, SnapStart finished the asset discovery process in two weeks with 95% data completeness and accuracy – including scanning 2,000 servers in the first week alone – compared to nearly 10 weeks with only 65-75% completeness and accuracy achieved with a third-party solution. In another, SnapStart completed a refresh of a client’s configuration management database (CMDB) in hours instead of the 16-18 weeks expected with the CMDB vendor’s own tool.

Other SnapStart benefits for organizations using Insight’s cloud and data center transformation services include:

  • Centralized data asset collection that saves time over single-purpose solutions
  • Insights into IT dependencies, criticality, and cloud and migration readiness
  • Detection of hidden and forgotten IT components as well as shadow IT
  • Minimal network and CPU demand, whether scanning 50 or 50,000 servers
  • Data exportability to the client’s power BI package for dynamic updating
  • No licensing fees, training or client involvement are required. SnapStart operation is handled by CDCT consultants as part of the IT discovery services engagement.

Complex IT estate

“The first step in platform modernization and associated business transformation is to take stock of a complex IT estate spanning cloud, edge, and on- and off-premises data centers. Commercial asset discovery tools are slow, typically gather only a subset of information such as storage or network assets, and cannot easily adapt to changing IT environments. If there’s an acquisition or divestiture that requires all server names to be changed, for example, everything has to be rescanned. That translates into substantial project delays,” said Shawn O’Grady, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud + Data Center Transformation, at Insight.

Reliable inventory of data center environment

“As part of our cloud and data center transformation services, SnapStart eliminates those problems, provides a more reliable and thorough inventory of the data center environment than third-party solutions, and enables our consultants to begin planning and executing any given project almost immediately,” O’Grady noted. “The result is faster and safer project delivery that can help IT teams satisfy stakeholders, avoid problems caused by incomplete asset inventorying and mapping, and help their organizations achieve the competitive advantage central to today’s digital transformation efforts.”

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