U.S. Navy Begins Comprehensive IT Asset Tracking
The U.S. Navy has launched its first enterprisewide IT asset management initiative, which is expected to help it make more-effective decisions on the thousands of disparate systems it has deployed worldwide. Since January, the Navy has been using hosted iGovern software from Mountain View, CA’s BDNA Corp. to scan the IP addresses of hardware and software residing in U.S. facilities on its sprawling MCI Inc. network. The data is then stored in an Oracle repository.
The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Information Technology in Arlington, VA has identified and located more than 250,000 systems installed in some 200 locations, and expects to add a similar number of systems as it extends the program worldwide. U.S. IT assets are now scanned on a monthly schedule, and the program has already helped the Navy identify some obsolete operating systems that the group now plans to eliminate. The team also found an unexpectedly large number of Linux systems, which will probably lead to standardization on a particular version based in part on analysis of existing preferences.
For more information, read Computerworld (June 20, 2005) – Navy Takes Command of IT Assets