Automation and Asset Management should go hand in hand but they rarely do. We’ve been working with Acela, a new Cisco ITAM tool, to change that. Having come from technology backgrounds in various environments we’re all used to scrambling for asset inventory data, EoL/EoS status and trying to get a handle of what needs to go into next years budget.
How does Acela alleviate this pain? Simply put, we can piggy back an existing monitoring solution such as Solarwinds or deploy our own via a quick Virtual template. From there, we can discover all the devices on the network and create an inventory pool. Then our backend API’s speak directly with Cisco’s data repository. This is to closely cross reference each device with the varying levels of status, contract numbers and end dates, EoS/EoL states, software version, image name, and more.