IT organizations consistently struggle to accurately answer two fundamental questions about their data centers, “What do I have?” and “How is it connected?” Manual audits typically capture, at best, 75 percent of the IT inventory. Not only are they completely impractical from a time and cost perspective, but they are also out of date the moment they are complete. Now with virtualization increasing the volume and frequency of change, it’s even harder to maintain control. The result? Too much guesswork and too little hard data lead to inaccurate inventories, failed changes, longer problem resolution times, and ineffective disaster recovery plans.