Ascent is designed to be a comprehensive, network
and computing asset management system.
While there are a number of open source products that are designed to track assets at a desktop/end user level, there is a noticeable lack of higher level (eg. server/router/hub/switch/etc.) tracking products.
What Ascent IS:
Ascent is an asset management system featuring:
- High level overview of server/network equipment complete with reporting capabilities for management types.
- Low level "nuts & bolts" information about assets, for the worker bees.
- The ability to leverage Microsoft's Active Directory for user authentication
What Ascent is NOT:
- A trouble ticketing system (at least, not in the current scope of the project)
- A desktop/laptop/end user hardware tracker. Though it could be used as such, that is not the intent.
Tracking of network and computing devices
- Network Name
- IP Information (supports multiple IP configurations/VLAN/differing subnets)
- Serial Number
- Maintenance Information (Contract Numbers, expiration dates, Support Levels, etc.)
- Location (From Country to Rack Number)
- Type of monitoring solution utilized
Assignment of devices to services (eg. host X is part of service Y)
- Many to Many relationships between Services and Hosts
- Assignment of individual contacts to a device
- Supports multiple contacts
(eg. Joe is the host contact, Tina is the Database contact, Jeff and Alice are the service contacts)
- Keeps track of scheduled outages for a particular device
- Can be used to populate Nagios with scheduled downtimes
Ascent utilizes the following open source technologies:
It is designed to be platform independent, provided the above technologies are available on the target OS. In addition, it is intended to be readily portable to other DBMS types, particularly postgresql.
This project is in the beginning stages of the current incarnation.
* Version 0.1 of the application has been released.
* Version 0.2 is expected to be released by the end of October 2004,
In the new version (0.2), the underlying architecture has changed
dramatically, both in directory structure, and in application
There is not much content to it, but the SQL is complete (for now). There is also an installation guide, and some basic documentation.
To download it, please visit the project download page.
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