Raynet RayVentory review

RayVentory is a versatile inventory and discovery solution for comprehensive visibility of complex networks, via agent or agentless, from desktop to datacenter

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81% Customer feeback
75% Analyst opinion

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Version reviewed: Version 10.6

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What are the strengths of this product?

- Easy implementation
- Inventory methods are explained by Raynet and depend upon the category (vendor, SW, HW).
- Raynet`s professional services are rendered in a reliant and targeted way for the various categories and are based on experience.

What are the weaknesses of this product?

- better reporting format, eg visualization

What features would you add if you had the choice?

Version reviewed: 10.6

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What are the strengths of this product?

We have used the entire RayManageSoft Suite for the last 13 years and it has served us very well during that time. RayVentory is a part of RayManageSoft and it has been a very valuable tool in allowing us to understand what software is in our environment, helping us save on licensing true-ups by preventing us from over-purchasing.

What are the weaknesses of this product?

The only weakness I see with the product is with the time zone difference between their support department headquarters (Germany) and the US, but that can also be a positive as they can be working on an issue submitted later in the day, overnight from a US perspective, and have an answer when the (US) day starts.

What features would you add if you had the choice?

Version reviewed: 10.6

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What are the strengths of this product?

responsiveness of development team to enhancement requests, easy of use.

What are the weaknesses of this product?

Additional documentation about specific platforms and stand-alone scanners

What features would you add if you had the choice?

more SAM features ( adding entitlements) and support for installing the Distribution Server on non-Windows platforms.

Version reviewed: 10.5

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What are the strengths of this product?

reporting

What are the weaknesses of this product?

none

What features would you add if you had the choice?

License Management

Strengths

  • Comprehensive inventory solution for large enterprises
  • Versatile deployment and scanning mechanisms
  • Customer focused roadmap and development ethic
  • Deep systems management expertise

Weaknesses

  • Limited references and market awareness
  • Reporting could be stronger

Date of Review: September 2016

RayNet Product Portfolio

  • RaySuite – Software Management Suite
  • RayDemand – App store and asset request system 
  • RayFlow – Application lifecycle workflow
  • Packaging Suite – Software Packaging and Virtualization 
  • RaySAMi – License Management
  • RayVentory – Hardware and Software Inventory (This review) 
  • RayEval – Software Evaluation
  • RayQC – Quality and Compatibility Management
  • RayManageSofti – Software Deployment
  • RayMobile – Mobile Device Management

Analysis – RayNet RayVentory 

High level overview of functionality for Rayventory:

  • Agent based and agentless inventory
  • Dependency scanning
  • Advanced discovery (e.g. DHCP)
  • Software recognition
  • Datacenter inventory
  • Inventory of virtual environments
  • Cross-platform support (Windows, HP-UX, Linux, UNIX, Apple, etc.)
  • Low bandwith agent
  • Multi-tier agent infrastructure

Introduction 

Raynet was founded in 1999 and has a background and heritage in software packaging and deployment. The company has around 600 customers, 100 employees, headquarters in Germany and offices worldwide. RayVentory is a versatile inventory and discovery solution for comprehensive visibility of complex networks, via agent or agentless, from desktop to datacenter.

RayVentory is worth further investigation for organizations trying to gain visibility of datacenters, complex disparate networks, performing IT risk assessments during M&A activity, scoping exercises, operating system upgrades or large application rollouts. It is also worth exploring as an alternative or complement to existing systems management infrastructure such as Microsoft SCCM, Altiris or LANDESK. Discovery and inventory operating system coverage includes all Windows, Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora, SUSE, Solaris, MAC OS, AIX and HPUX.

RayVentory is part of RaySuite, a suite of software management products covering the whole software application lifecycle including software deployment, mobile device management, quality testing, and inventory and license management.

Complex Network Discovery 

RayVentory is versatile in its discovery of complex environments and inventory of layered networks. RayVentory can perform a network scan to identify devices and open ports. Customers then have multiple options for inventory including using an executable via a script or installing an agent. Discovery and inventory includes operating system, device credentials, applications and database instances. This extends to virtual environments such as the discovery and inventory of VMware hypervisors and identification of Oracle database instances. Oracle discovery and inventory also extend to identifying Oracle database options and packs installed and in-use and underlying hardware configuration. For devices with a resident agent, RayVentory can track ongoing software usage of applications.

Emphasis has been made on low impact to networks. Both in terms of a lightweight and non-intrusive agent technology and structured deployment of agents; parent/child relationships between different agents allow delegation of inventory tasks to local lieutenants to operate on behalf of the central server, therefore reducing network bandwidth and also reducing security concerns and allowing discovery and inventory of the most disparate and dispersed networks.

Thanks to the scanning of open ports during inventory, RayVentory is able to map the relationship between assets and provide additional information to customers conducting network and asset forensics. The visualization of these relationships is available via CMDB partnerships and is also penciled in for the roadmap to be included in RayVentory.

For devices that a customer wouldn’t want to install an agent or execute a script, RayVentory provides an SNMP scan. RayVentory also takes advantage of existing network infrastructure and data sources to enrich its inventory data including management information from Intel’s Active Management Technology and communication with DHCP servers to understand assets in use on the network. Once run, the customer can automate the network discovery process to repeat at a predetermined interval with clear reporting on what discovery jobs have been successful.

Software Rationalization for Major Projects

Once devices have been inventoried, RayVentory includes a software recognition library to help correctly identify and manage applications. The software recognition capabilities include categorization of software, what the latest published version is versus the version installed, usage of applications, the license type and so on. This will be particularly useful for organizations attempting application rationalization or operating system migration, when tough decisions need to be made about which applications are kept and which are removed.

Customer Focused Roadmap 

The Raynet team focuses on customer driven development and supporting new technologies in customer environments. For example they have noticed that a number of their USA customers are migrating from VMware to OpenStack, and have added discovery and inventory of OpenStack environments, identifying relationships between physical and virtual devices as you would with VMware.

In terms of future developments, we were particularly interested in Raynet’s ‘Master Inventory’ concept. Providing a crawler for organizations to automatically scan and update multiple data sources to a central viewing pane. This will be especially useful for complex license management that may require verified data from a multitude of sources.

The console itself has a very Windows metro look and feel. It is web based with tiled dashboards and the ability to drill down to specific asset and configuration data.

Hiding their light under a bushel 

We can’t see any significant product weaknesses with the RayVentory offering. The only notable area for improvement is market presence. It is clear from my interactions with the Raynet team that they have deep system management expertise for the whole application lifecycle, from packaging and deployment to deep discovery and investigation of enterprise networks. It would be good if they could raise their profile in the ITAM market, especially with regard to customer references (no reviews are posted on Tools Advisor and references on their website are sparse). Reporting could be stronger compared to their enterprise discovery and inventory market competitors, the data is undoubtedly there; it just needs a slicker presentation layer. Enhanced reporting is penciled in their roadmap.

Go-to-market strategy 

  • Partnerships: Aspera, Microsoft, Comparex, USU, Bechtle, T-Systems
  • Indicative pricing (per client pricing): 2,000 devices + 7,38€/device, 50,000 devices 3,10€/device, 20% annual maintenance

Market Penetration 

  • Number of customers on maintenance: ~ 600
  • 300+ customers on active maintenance contract, RayVentory is the key product of RayNet beside the packaging suite. Currently the RayVentory share of the total customers who are using RayNet Products is 30% but it is continuously growing
  • 50% are using RayVentory standalone and 50% in a suite (including software deployment)
  • Customers by region: 65% EMEA, Americas and APAC 35%
  • No customer references provided for this review, at the time of publication no customer reviews were posted on Tools Advisor 

Company Details 

Headquarters:RayNet GmbH

Technologiepark 20

33100 Paderborn

Germany

Tel.:     +49 (0) 5251 54009-0

Fax:     +49 (0) 5251 54009-29

http://RayNet-inc.com/en/Locations/

Offices in Germany, Poland, UK and USA

Privately owned with around 100+ employees (95% employees in EMEA, 5% in Americas)

From the RayNet Brochure: 

“Raynet GmbH is a leading and innovative service and solution provider in information technology and specialized in the architecture, implementation and operation of all tasks within "Application Lifecycle Management.Raynet’s Headquarters is in Paderborn, Germany and has additional locations throughout the region as well as locations in the USA, Poland, the UK and the Netherlands.For over 15 years, Raynet has supported hundreds of customers and partners with its products and solutions for enterprise application management projects worldwide. These include license management, software packaging, software deployment, migrations, client engineering and much more. Additionally, Raynet maintains and cultivates strong partnerships with leading companies in Application Lifecycle Management.
Raynet products and solutions are unique in design and functionality. Their development is highly driven by our customers and partners who play a big role in the development of our products and are a key reason why our products are always cutting edge. Whether you want to introduce a new deployment tool or to start a SAM project, whether you want to plan a packaging factory or do a migration – Raynet is the choice for best-of-breed-practices in services, products, and solutions for Application Lifecycle Management.”

Further Information

http://RayNet-inc.com/en/