What DINROS Means for Cloud Management

The DINROS framework has long been used by IT asset managers, but now infrastructure and operations teams are also taking an interest.


A few years ago, the team at Gartner came up with a useful framework designed to help IT asset managers compare different Software Asset Management tools based on “six critical activities” of SAM. Known as the DINROS framework, it outlined the following activities:

Discovery: the act of interrogating TCP/IP networks to identify network-attached physical and virtualized platforms upon which software executes

Inventory: the process of capturing platform configuration information and extracting a complete list of all its software.

Normalize: the consolidation of discovered inventory datasets to remove duplicated or conflicting information

Reconcile: to harmonize contract, purchase and entitlement information with normalized inventory data in order to establish an effective license position

Optimize: the process reducing the number, type and expense of licenses needed and in use, as appropriate

Share: the process of sharing information with multiple stakeholders via a central asset management repository and reporting

It’s a framework that we’ve encouraged clients and prospects to follow in order to understand current SAM capabilities and use as a baseline to plan improvements. And it’s a framework we had in mind last year when Snow made the decision to extend technology intelligence across the cloud and bolster our Cloud Management capabilities with the acquisition of Embotics and introduction of Snow Commander.

But, did you know that DINROS also applies to IT infrastructure?

Having complete discovery and inventory of on-premises and cloud infrastructure helps IT know where assets are and how much they are spending on resources. End to end tagging gives you the ability to normalize and reconcile assets to individual business units and teams, improving spend and user behavior. Optimizing on-premise and cloud infrastructure spend is a top priority and we believe the most effective way to do this is through automation & self-service user experiences.

There’s a ton of value in infrastructure & operations (I&O) teams using a cloud management platform, such as Snow Commander, to automate the lifecycle & cost management of infrastructure resources. SAM managers can then work with I&O teams to extract cloud asset information to improve overall visibility into the estate. With visibility of both on-premise and cloud resources you can run a better software asset management program and take full advantage of cloud savings like Azure’s Hybrid Use Benefit.

Getting started

So, if you want to introduce Snow Commander to your Infrastructure & Operations teammates a good place to start is to calculate how much unnecessary spend you could eliminate. Using our Hybrid Cloud Management Cost Savings Calculator you can find your total savings across cloud or on-premises.

Or, if they’re ready to jump right in, let them try it themselves with a 7-day free trial.