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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability Detection – Using HP Universal Discovery & UCMDB

Heartbleed figure 4.pngOn April 7, 2014, a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library went viral across multiple media outlets and news organizations.

 

This vulnerability allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications and steal data directly from services and users, including the ability to impersonate services and users.

 

Sounds pretty bad, right? Read on further if you want to know how HP Universal Discovery is already ahead of the curve to handle this issue.

 

With assistance from Wei, Wei (Xeric, HPSW-R&D-SH) & Yue, Song (Ben, CMS R&D)

and Brian T. Miller (Sr. Product Marketing Manager)

CMS Pitfalls – 4 to navigate around (or through)

Let’s face it, implementing a Configuration Management System (CMS) or a

Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is a Pitfall.pngdaunting challenge—even for the most experienced IT professional.

 

The problem is that they can become too large in scope too fast. Obtaining access to the right data is challenging at times—to say the least. Executive ownership and sponsoring can be complicated. And, creating the right Configuration Management team takes tenacity.

 

There are four major areas of potential disaster to navigate if you want your initiative to be successful: Scope Creep, Security, Politics and Organization Structure.

 

Read further if you can relate to these issues and want to know what you can do about them.

Happy New Year! Consider it a fresh start

HP Run.jpgSometimes the data you have in your Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is not the data your organization needs. And, when this happens, some tough decisions have to be made on whether you should continue down your current track or if it is best to just refresh.

 

As we start 2014 I have a question for you: Is it time to dump the data you have and start over with discovery? Read on if you have any question in your mind as to the value of the current data in your CMDB.

Have you seen the HP CMS integration for HP Service Anywhere?

CMS.jpgIf you look under the tree today, I have an early present for you to open! This present brings together the best of two worlds and will help you increase efficiency in your configuration management system.

 

To find out what it is, continue reading and learn how HP CMS has just gotten better.

What’s new for HP CMS v10.10

Do you want to learn what is new and exciting for the latest version of the HP CMS software portfolio?

 

Well, there are on of new features and functionality for this latest release of HP UCMDB and HP Universal Discovery that I want to tell you about today!

 

There are lots of great things like: support for IPv6 and PostgreSQL, the latest HP UCMDB Browser 3.0, and most notably, we now support up to 60 million Configuration Items within the UCMDB.

 

Keep reading to learn more about this latest release from HP Software.

What's the value for a CMDB or CMS?

CMSThere are companies out there who have made second, third, and even fourth-time implementation efforts to achieve value out of a CMDB or CMS. They know there is inherent value, but getting to the value seems to be a bigger challenge than they realize.

 

In this blog post, I will share some common use cases  where many customers achieve focused value. However,  I recomend remembering the golden rules for managing your scope creep-- keep security teams close, and always, always strive to overcome the political dance where ownership or other boundary issues arise.

 

CMDB and CMS are worth it, you just have to know where to look for the value.

The World of Configuration Management Hurts, but Welcome

Some things never change.  Configuration Management isn't one of them.  Building a CMS is akin to building a house on a beach:   Your foundation and direction is ever changing.  You have the ocean at your back, sand under your feet, and you never have fewer than five "bosses", not to mention a never-ending tide of potential consumers and providers - many, bad.  Yet, somehow, work gets done.  Yes, I said "art", but it's actually  about as much work as it is art.    Welcome to my world.   So how DO we not merely survive, but get Gartner and EMA awards?  The answer is simpler than you think.

Welcome to the CMS Blog!

Brian Miller.pngWelcome to the NEW HP CMS blog. We have developed this blog to address the specific needs of the CMS market.

CMS is experiencing a transitional period of time and I believe easier adoption is evolving for customers. Unlike ITIL some years ago, use cases and solutions for CMS are no longer only for data consumption, but instead to drive real revenue savings like software license compliance via discovery or using a hybrid discovery for discovery in a data center initiative and on-going for continuous management.

 

Keep reading to find out more about me and my vision for CMS.

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About the Author(s)
  • I am the PM of UCMDB and CM. I have a lot of background in configuration management, discovery, integrations, and delivery. I have been involved with the products for 12 years in R&D and product management.
  • This account is for guest bloggers. The blog post will identify the blogger.
  • Jody Roberts is a researcher, author, and customer advocate in the Product Foundation Services (PFS) group in HP Software. Jody has worked with the UCMDB product line since 2004, and currently takes care of the top 100 HP Software customers, the CMS Best Practices library, and has hosted a weekly CMDB Practitioner's Forum since 2006.
  • Karan Chhina is the Product Manager for HP Universal Discovery and has worked with discovery & dependency mapping and configuration management product line for the past eight years.
  • Evangelist for IT Financial Management (ITFM), IT Governance and IT Portfolio Management, consulting IT organisations for Close to 15 years on principles of good governance.
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