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Reinvent the Obsolete but Necessary CMDB (Forrester)


Reinvent the Obsolete but Necessary CMDB (Forrester)


Forrester researcher, Glenn O’Donnel says that the once-promising configuration management database (CMDB) has failed — but the original CMDB promise has not. The complexity and confusion surrounding the CMDB has led to many project failures, prompting I&O professionals to rethink their approach. To benefit from trends such as automation, cloud computing, DevOps, and big data, infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals need trustworthy information more than ever. 

With ambiguous or inaccurate information, these efforts will implode. A new information model is hereby proposed that escapes the pitfalls of CMDB and greatly expands the domain of information. This will borrow the best concepts from CMDB and CMS, such as federation and relationships, and extend them in many ways. 

It should go far beyond structural configuration data to also include behavioral information, process models, and many other potential dimensions. Such visibility will pave the way for powerful automation of not just infrastructure and other systems, but of critical decisions themselves.



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