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Novell Ships Social Networking

Web-based application enhances enterprise configuration management database (CMDB) usability

Novell Tuesday came out with myCMDB, a web-based application that taps into social networking. It’s supposed to enhance enterprise configuration management database (CMDB) usability, accessibility and accuracy.

The widgetry hails from Novell’s acquisition of Managed Objects and is touted as being the first product to use a community-based architecture, similar to social networking applications, to provide a single view of federated data center resources across any physical or virtual environment.

Novell figures up to 60% of all planned IT infrastructure changes fail because organizations don’t completely understand the impact of a proposed change before implementation.

It says a CMDB helps by serving as a repository of information for all the components that are part of a data center or an IT infrastructure, as well as the relationships across each. But CMDBs and their associated federated data sources require regular and frequent maintenance to ensure that configuration item (CI) attribute and relationship data is accurate and up-to-date.

So you have to develop a process for updating, adding, changing and deleting CIs and CI attributes.

Novell says myCMDB delivers role-based “communities” where users can update, view and interact with CMDB data and users.

myCMDB users can extract IT configuration and workload information in near real-time, model changes to the IT infrastructure and generate reports that graphically show how proposed IT changes will affect the IT production environment and the business services it supports.

Novell compares the widgetry to Wikipedia and says the more it’s used the more accurate the CMDB becomes.

It recommends it for complex configuration management situations like cloud computing infrastructure. It says it will answer critical questions such as “where and on what is my workload running?” lowering the risks inherent in changing these complex environments while offering greater transparency.

Novell says myCMDB integrates with all commercially available CMDBs, including its own CMDB360.

It includes Google-like context-based search, a built-in graphical relationship viewer that enables a graphical model of an IT infrastructure and a personal modeling environment to model and analyze CMDB data outside of a production CMDB environment.

myCMDB supports Solaris, Linux and Windows and ships with Tomcat 6.0. It requires JDK 1.5 or later.

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