We are proud to announce the version 2.7 of our network inventory and documentation solution JDisc Discovery. This release incorporates many features and ideas that I mentioned in some of my previous blog entries.
New in release 2.7 is the possibility to compare two devices. This helps administrators to identify problems with devices that are related to configuration, driver or software differences. Our rule based diagnostic has been largely enhanced. Diagnostic rules help to quickly improve the discovery result. Our rules identify discovery problems such as firewalls, misconfigured or missing access credentials and protocol issues. In previous versions, the rules could only be applied to a single device. Now, the rules can be applied to all devices within the database. The new data quality meter helps consultants that do not use the software on a daily basis to get information about the data quality. Together with our diagnostic rules, consultants can quickly identify and resolve discovery issues. Performance improvements within the communication between our remote login agent and the discovery server lead to an up to ten times faster discovery of remote computers, that are connected via a slow connection. As usual, our developers added support for new devices (Lenovo laptops and desktops, Sharp printers) within the new release.
I would also like to mention that we have a prototype for an import into the Aspera license management software. We implemented the data export in close cooperation with a customer. Together with Aspera, JDisc has a strong offering in the software license management arena.
What’s coming next? For me: some vacation first :-). But we are also working on a new collaboration with a well known CMDB vendor. We hope to finalize the partnership within the next weeks. We also think about a read-only version of JDisc Discovery. With the read-only version, consultants can analyze the discovered data offline in their offices. One of our customers also has the idea to use data replication and synchronize the discovery server with the read-only version. So there’s plenty of space to work on…