In a perfect world, your Configuration Management Database (CMDB) acts as the single source of truth for all your IT device inventory and the relationships between those devices. However, maintaining accuracy is easier said than done. That’s because the traditional method for provisioning and maintaining a CMDB is complex, unwieldy, and outdated the second it's updated.
To keep up with the needs of a modern CMDB, an automated discovery and dependency mapping (DDM) solution is a must. Here’s what you need to know.
What Does Automated DDM Do?
An automated DDM solution does exactly what its name conveys: it automatically discovers your infrastructure and the dependencies throughout your hybrid environment, such as hypervisors, VMs, servers, network elements, storage platforms, and other assets. It discovers the relationships and links between these entities, as well as the dependencies that your applications have on your infrastructure. From there, a DDM solution builds a clear, interconnected picture of the many components across your key applications and business services, and their respective systems.
For example, take an application that uses 20 different services running on 10 different servers, and it depends on certain hypervisors, network switches, load balancers, and storage platforms to work. DDM provides you the visibility into these relationships that is otherwise difficult to see.
An enterprise can use this inventory of devices, services, and their relationships to identify opportunities to improve service, while gaining a better understanding of the ripple effect and potential negative outcomes that changing one entity could have on multiple business services (think revenue and reputation).
In the end, a DDM solution will provide application-specific topology visualizations, making it easy to rapidly perform impact analysis for change management and efficiently manage incidents.
Why is automated DDM necessary?
The modern enterprise has so many physical and virtual assets, and makes changes so often, that manually maintaining an accurate CMDB becomes unattainable. Ubiquitous virtualization further exacerbates the problem. This results in an incomplete or inaccurate picture that can lead to:
An automated DDM solution gives you the complete infrastructure visibility you need to ensure your CMDB reflects your real life environment so you can fix issues faster instead of verifying data. By eliminating uncertainty about your IT asset inventory and its relationships, you can quickly identify the root cause of performance issues or outages while ensuring preventive maintenance won’t negatively impact a critical application or process.
What to look for in an automated DDM solution
The right automated DDM solution provides complete visibility into your entire IT environment and how it is all connected so you can make more intelligent decisions at scale. Here’s what to look for:
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To learn about emerging DDM technologies and what to consider for a best-of-breed solution, check out our webcast replay, Achieve an Always Accurate and Actionable CMDB with Best-of-Breed Discovery & Dependency Mapping.
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