Novell unveils inventory, software license management tool

Novell on Monday unveiled a tool focused on license management, software inventory and software usage.

ZENworks Asset Management is the result of Novell's acquisition of Tally Systems. It allows IT administrators to ensure compliance to licenses by inventorying the software installed on a network.

The software inventories and manages software licenses and reports on software usage. It consists of a Web console and a ZENworks Asset Management Manager Console, from which reporting and administration take place. A service manages network discovery and a collection service manages inventory schedules and client updates. A central Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle database stores the collected inventory and usage information.

A compliance component compares inventory with purchase and license records. Those details can prevent IT from overbuying software applications.

ZENworks Asset Management discovers software on servers, desktops, laptops and network equipment. Management is via a Web-based tool.

The inventory discovery, identification and reporting component of ZENworks Asset Management will be included in the upcoming release of ZENworks 7 Desktop Management, ZENworks 7 Server Management and the ZENworks 7 Suite.

ZENworks Asset Management can be purchased as an add-on to current ZENworks products or as a standalone product for US$33 per device surveyed. It is available now.

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