CMDB special report

Configuration management database (CMDB) software can help data center pros get a holistic view of data center components. This new tool can provide all of the information on data center hardware, applications and end users -- while mapping the relationships between them. Many systems management vendors are looking at the CMDB as a fundamental building block for implementing ITIL. While all of this sounds great, a CMDB is only as accurate as its implementation.

Configuration management database (CMDB) software can help data center pros get a holistic view of data center components. This new tool can provide all of the information on data center hardware, applications and end users -- while mapping the relationships between them. Many systems management vendors are looking at the CMDB as a fundamental building block for implementing ITIL. While all of this sounds great, a CMDB is only as accurate as its implementation. Where do you get started with a CMDB? What vendors are offering something useful? Check out our special report on getting started with CMDB.

  CMDB in the data center  

  • CMDB: Choosing your vendor partner
    Choosing a vendor for your CMDB requires planning and an understanding of your design concept. Expert Richard Ptak offers things to consider when taking on this project.

  • CMDB project determination: Do we need a CMDB?
    How does a company determine if they need a CMDB? Systems management expert Jasmine Noel offers suggestions.

  • Expert offers roadmap for the ITIL data center
    Alasdair Meldrum, European Program Director for the Uptime Institute literally wrote the book on the ITIL. In this Q&A, he offers a roadmap for the ITIL data center.

  • CMDB success depends on autodiscovery, federation
    Autodiscovery is the easiest way to populate the topology of a CMDB in large organizations. It's just a matter of figuring out where to begin.

  • Get to know your data center with CMDB
    Chances are good that your company is already using some form of a -- but you might not know it. A CMDB is a database that contains information about all components in a data center and the relationships between those components.

  • Self discovering Infrastructure tools key to accurate CMDB
    IT networks provide a competitive advantage for organizations. As the networks become more sophisticated, business can reap numerous benefits.

  • Server configuration tools ease downtime
    Early adopter IT shops and the big systems vendors are investing in configuration management software to alleviate downtime.

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