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CMDB in the Cloud: not your father’s CMDB

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CMDB in the Cloud: not your father’s CMDB


 

vambenepeWhy is the current Configuration Management Database (CMDB) ill-equipped to perform the function it was intended to? William Vambenepe expands on the main points listed in Bernd Harzog’s blog entry “the CMDB [is] irrelevant in a Virtual and Cloud based world”, saying that a new approach to discovery is needed.   

The new reality of today's data center means new information is being created at a very rapid rate and similarly environments can change at an unprecedented pace. This, as Vambenepe describes, is  a “dinosaurs meet meteorite” kind of historical event for CMDB technology. 

A large part of the value that has been provided by CMDBs is their ability to automate resource discovery, which will not suffice in “the Cloud” - a highly automated IT environment.   The rate of configuration change can completely overwhelm the CMDB's discovery heuristics.

The new reality of today's data center means new information is being created at a very rapid rate and similarly environments can change at an unprecedented pace. This, as Vambenepe describes, is  a “dinosaurs meet meteorite” kind of historical event for CMDB technology. 

A large part of the value that has been provided by CMDBs is their ability to automate resource discovery, which will not suffice in “the Cloud” - a highly automated IT environment.   The rate of configuration change can completely overwhelm the CMDB's discovery heuristics.

Source: CMDB in the Cloud: not your father’s CMDB


 

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