Zookeeper is the newest addition to the fine line of products developed at TCPWave. It is an unparalleled Asset Management system which integrates with Dell’s highly evolved RFID technology with TCPWave’s very own powerful IPAM engine, resulting in a fast and efficient system with a strong foundation. TCPWave’s Zookeeper differs from the competition by providing ability to track assets both by their physical location as well as their network topology. Unlike the existing asset management systems, Zookeeper provides a consolidated management for both network and non-network based assets. Enterprises can now track their assets, which are connected to the network, like servers, laptops, network printers, routers, mobile devices etc., but also discover and inventory their non-network assets like monitors, racks, UPS, etc. The RFID can track all these assets using their Tag IDs, Locations, Service tag numbers, Makes, Models, Costs, and so forth. The TCPWave Zookeeper uses the Service Tag information from the RFID tracking system and analyzes it against the Automated Network Discovery from the IPAM core. For every match found between the Network Crawl and the RFID database that is of interest, Zookeeper extracts the fields and feeds them to the TCPWave Zookeeper Reporting Engine. The reporting engine of Zookeeper is flexible and customizable and can generate any adhoc report of interest. Zookeeper uses a highly tuned dedicated database, secure communication channels, multi-dimensional discovery algorithms, in addition to the highly efficient REST API already found in the TCPWave IPAM.  Zookeeper is designed to scale and operate over a large set of data with powerful integrity checks without performance degradation. Zookeeper provides a rich reporting engine that includes a function rich dashboard to simplify the tracking process of assets in a large enterprise.

Design: Zookeeper design is based on TCPWave’s highly acclaimed IP Address Management System (TIMS). It is engineered for performance and scalability. It reuses the powerful network discovery engine, feature rich dashboard, highly customizable reporting engine, fine-tuned data engine, flexible and secure REST API, automated monitoring, and hardened OS from TIMS.

Monitoring Zookeeper’s monitoring capabilities are based on TCPWave IPAM’s monitoring engine. It monitors all the essential resources on the Zookeeper server, besides monitoring the availability of the RFID readers and generating alarms when there is an issue. In addition to this, the monitoring engine also works in conjunction with the discovery engine and RFID reader subsystem and alarm if any deviations are found – like an asset marked as secure leaving a secured location. Zookeeper supports email, syslog, SNMP, SMS and Splunk integration for alerting.

Discovery Engine Our customers will find that Zookeeper comes with the same discovery engine, as in IPAM. It automatically discovers network topology and updates itself when new subnets are discovered on the network. It can discover all the assets on the network and reconcile against the provisioned asset information. The discovery can be scheduled to occur at regular intervals, or can be invoked on demand on any network.

Scheduler Zookeeper embeds a scheduling engine that can be utilized to perform the following actions:

  1. Scheduled Discovery – The discovery engine is invoked to discover the devices in the configured networks at regular intervals. The frequency of the discovery process is a user configurable option.
  2. Scheduled Feeds Processing from RFID Readers – The data from the RFID readers is processed at user configurable intervals. This data is validated and reconciled with the scheduled discovery scans.
  3. Scheduled Reports – The reports available in the Zookeeper can be scheduled for email delivery to the subscribed admins.

Reports Zookeeper is packaged with a powerful and flexible reporting engine. It provides a set of canned reports and also the capability to generate adhoc reports based on the user requirements. Some of the reports supported are listed :

  •  Assets by Subnets, Locations, RFID readers, Admins
  • Audit Reports – Network, Subnet, Location, Asset
  • Monitoring Alerts Reports
  • Cost/Utilization Analysis
  • Maintenance Due Assets
  • Asset Life Cycle Reports
  • Asset Type Reports
  • Inventory Differences
  • Enterprise Asset costs – over a period

Dashboard: Zookeeper’s dashboard is modeled after our highly acclaimed IPAM dashboard, providing an impressive spread of functionality including:

  • Home tab with Summary widgets that give the asset information at a glance
  • Notification and Alarms
  • Server Load
  • Active Sessions
  • Total Assets vs Discovered Assets
  • Recent Commands

The dashboard also provides the Asset information by type, network, subnet, location, cost etc.

Segregation of Duties Zookeeper allows fine grained control over the resources. The user role decides on what type of operations that they can perform, like an User Admin being restricted only to User Management functionality, where as a Normal Admin is restricted only to the network/assets that he is privileged to manage.

Auditing The Zookeeper provides extensive audit capabilities. All the actions of the admins, both success and failure, are audited and logged for further analysis. The reporting engine provides canned audit reports by Admin role, Admin, Network, Subnet, and Assets.

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