Performing an inventory may not immediately spring to mind when considering the various tasks performed by an organization’s database team. Many other activities occupy a higher position on the team’s to-do list. Things like performance tuning, SQL code optimization, and verifying backup procedures are more likely to be assigned than a server inventory. Yet just like in other parts of a business, an inventory can have a substantial impact on an IT department.
Why Are Inventories Important?
Before looking at the specific advantages afforded by an IT inventory, let’s consider how they benefit more traditional businesses. For illustrative purposes, we will look at a fictional company that manufactures widgets made up of components that are provided by several different vendors. The XYZ company sells these creations online and in brick-and-mortar locations along with a variety of complementary devices from other manufacturers.
Performing an inventory and managing the assets that it addresses are two inescapably intertwined activities. Here are the main benefits of these processes.
The Benefits of an SQL Server Inventory
Inventorying and managing your SQL Server assets is beneficial for many of the same reasons as those enjoyed by company XYZ with some slight contextual modifications. There are also additional advantages that pertain to an IT environment.
Conducting a Thorough SQL Server Inventory
IDERA’s SQL Inventory Manager is an excellent tool for performing an inventory on your enterprise’s SQL Servers located in on-premises data centers as well as on virtual cloud machines. It auto-discovers new servers as they are installed to help address the problem of server sprawl. The tool enables the creation of tags and custom fields to organize instances across the enterprise.
SQL Inventory Manager uses a web-based agentless user interface to collect and manage your SQL Server environment. It provides complete visibility into your assets and may uncover servers that were previously hidden from view. Health checks and alerts can be configured to report on key indicators such as lack of storage space. Customizable reports put all of the collected information in a list complete with recommendations for improved performance.
Your SQL Server environment can be every bit as important to your business as the availability of widget components. Using SQL Inventory Manager will keep you informed of the state and location of these valuable resources.
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