Powerful, small and compact: LOGINventory 4

Network Management made easy – and at a fraction of the cost

Munich, 23rd January 2004: Network management systems just like those deployed by large enterprises are now available to small-medium businesses in the UK, but at a fraction of the cost, with the arrival of new network inventory software from LOGIN. The German firm plans to build on current success in its native market, where LOGINventory is rapidly becoming the asset management plug-in of choice.

Companies ranging from small enterprises to multi-national enterprises such as Daimler-Chrysler, Siemens, Philip Morris, Sony and Kraft, already trust LOGINventory to take control of keeping their computer networks up-to-date and compliant with software licensing requirements.

In combination with the built-in capabilities of current versions of Microsoft Windows, LOGINventory 4.0 is the "missing link" enabling SMBs to create a complete network management system – without the costs normally associated with this functionality, such as client licences, and additional hardware and software.

The benefits of installing a network-wide PC management system are clear: such a system enables SMBs to save hundreds of man hours per year, in automating otherwise time-consuming manual processes such as hardware- and software inventory, across an entire network. LOGINventory automatically checks software installations against licences, detects when software licensing is inadequate, and will also highlight savings that companies can achieve simply through the reduction of over-licensing.

LOGINventory 4.0 is integrated into Microsoft Management Console and allows system administrators to perform a complete inventory of an entire Windows-based network within seconds. There is no need to install extra software on each client PC or to purchase additional server hardware, and the entire process runs on a live network, without downtime for users.

System administrators can also customise LOGINventory to collect and catalogue hardware and software information from all clients on a network. This provides essential information at a glance, for example highlighting PCs in need of critical software patches, and by being able to report which software packages were recently installed or removed on a malfunctioning PC, thus helping to save further valuable time in troubleshooting.

LOGINventory works by scanning a range of IP addresses across a network to rapidly gather critical information from all machines on a network – including the PC model, manufacturer, serial number, motherboard, CPU, BIOS, RAM, CD-ROM, disks, video and sound maps, monitor, printer, network maps, IP and MAC addresses, operating system, service packs, security patches, and installed software packages, inclusive of the version number and installation date.

This information can be managed via Oracle 8i and 9i, Microsoft SQL-Server, Access, mySQL or PostgreSQL databases, and the built-in journal function can be used to track events, contracts, etc. in the entire life-cycle of a networked PC.

Software licensing costs are from £3.20 per PC, per year – and LOGIN offers a free download of its software for companies with up to 20 clients on a single network.

LOGIN Managing Director Roland Loetzerich says: "Comprehensive management of your software assets not only ensures your compliance to software licence agreements, but also it highlights unused software. On average, through deploying LOGINventory, our customers save between 20 and 30 per cent annually on their software licensing costs."

Pricing and availability: A free, full-functionality version of LOGINventory for up to 20 PC clients can be downloaded from Login web site. For companies with more than 20 PCs, licences can be purchased directly from LOGIN, with per-PC client prices ranging from between £3.20 and £4.20. Free-of-charge software updates are included.

About LOGIN: LOGIN provides consulting for all kinds of network related issues and IT services. The company specialises in providing PC integration, in large-scale standard installation services and on software development, focused on the philosophy "keep IT simple" in Windows computing environments (9x, NT, XP, 2000 and 2003). The company’s customers include Audi, DaimlerChrysler, T-Systems, EADS, SMART, Infineon, Philip Morris, Kraft, Sony and Siemens. The company was founded 1987 by Joerg Schmidt and Roland Loetzerich, and is based in Munich, Germany.

Editorial contact:
Simon Jones or Olaf Engelmann
Tel +49 89.489.013-0

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