Hardware (Servers, Storage, Switches) in Research & Development (R&D) datacenters may be used for ongoing research, development, testing, build, qualification and certification, performance, regression testing, resolving customer issues, and the like. Engineers may move the hardware frequently without involving the IT department to meet project requirements and may shutdown the hardware whenever not in use. Currently, there are no solutions available to locate the hardware when it is powered off. It may be useful to detect datacenter hardware instantly, even if the hardware is shutdown, powered off, or exists in an isolated private network. Further, a reporting module capable of reporting hardware location, serial number, configuration details, and the like may also be useful.
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