Snow Software acquire Embotics

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Snow Software announced, on December 3rd, their acquisition of the hybrid cloud management company, Embotics. This follows on the heels of Flexera buying RightScale, VMware buying CloudHealth and, a little further back, Microsoft buying Cloudyn.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a big focus for me (and a lot of people) and Embotics were one of the big cloud tool providers, along with this mentioned above.. Snow have been very successful on-premises and clear they want to extend that success to the cloud, so making an acquisition is a logical move – you get capabilities, knowledge, and people much faster than building it up yourself. The big next step is ensuring they can integrate those capabilities, knowledge, and people into the existing platform and company – Snow say:

“The process of integrating Embotics into the Snow platform will begin immediately, and the companies will have a single go-to-market strategy starting in 2020.”

If they can do that, I’ll be very interested to see the progression over the next 12, 24, and 36 months. Most organisations are going to be working in the “hybrid cloud” – part on-premises and part public cloud – a tool that can manage assets wherever they are and help make cost and value based decisions around asset type/location etc. will be very useful.

Further Reading

Snow announcement –

Microsoft Windows InTune: Computers Overview


This is the second screen in the Windows InTune Console:


On the left you can see a list of all the computer groups that I’ve created. These machines are on 3 different networks but they all appear in this one central view, which makes administration very easy!

Selecting a group on the left takes you into a new view where you can see much more granular detail on the machines. At the minute, I’ve only got one machine in each group but you get the idea Smile


The “View Properties” button takes you deeper into that machine, with more sections available to view:


The first few tabs are all quite self explanatory…but the final two are very interesting.


This gives an amazingly detailed list of the hardware in and related to the machine. For my laptop, this information includes:

  • Model
  • Serial Number
  • BIOS Name & Version
  • CPU Name/Type/Speed
  • Number of disks
  • Disk model
  • Disk Size
  • Number of partitions
  • Network adapter
  • IP Address
  • MAC Address
  • Monitor Resolution
  • Printers (including Soft printers like OneNote)

and more. It’s similar to the free ware program CPU-Z (which you may be familiar with) in that it gets really deep into you machine to give you all the information you could possibly need!


This gives a list of all software installed on the machine…in this case:


It then gives you an idea of the category such as Browser, OS, Utility etc and also tells you if it’s a Virtual Application.

You can export these lists to either .csv or .html files for use with other applications and systems.

This feature fits really well in to the whole Software Asset Management piece, as organizations will have a complete, current list of all software installed on all machines. It’s very quick to update with added/removed software which will enable companies to be confident of compliance at all times.


Creating a group is very straight forward. It has 3 sections, each with just one selection to make:


Details = Group name (and an optional description field)

Parent Group = Choose which group this will link off from. Either “All Computers” or one of your own.

Members = Choose which machines to add to the group.


I’ll cover deploy software to machines etc in a later post.

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