Before contemplating joining networks, knowing what devices are in use and their configuration is critical. Unfortunately, most IT departments don’t have a dynamic network inventory; instead, they work from high-level architecture diagrams or out-of-date spreadsheets.
Companies using Forward Enterprise can easily address this challenge using the Network Query Engine (NQE)
dynamic inventory tool (see figure 1). NQE’s dynamic inventory enables users to see the network’s granular details (e.g., configurations, state, interfaces, power supply serial number, module firmware rev, etc.). One of the many benefits of NQE is that data collected from multiple vendor devices is normalized so that anyone can interpret it – no need for vendor-specific expertise.
The data collected by Forward effectively creates “Google for your network”; a simple search can locate an IP address, circuit ID, or piece of equipment in seconds.