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Improve IT visibility - say goodbye to change failures

IT infrastructures are growing more complex every day as businesses consolidate and transform data centers, new technologies such as virtualization and cloud delivery achieve wider acceptance, and processes such as change impact analysis and incident management become both more critical and more difficult. 

Essential to coping with this complexity is achieving broad and deep visibility into the IT infrastructure and its interdependencies. However, traditional manual mapping practices are completely inadequate in today’s large, complex, frequently changing environments. What today’s IT organizations need is a dynamic, automated solution that provides a sound basis for understanding the services IT delivers—from the physical layer of the data center all the way to the business process layer. 

I wanted bring your attention a new white paper that explores the various business critical IT functions that require detailed, up-to-date resource and dependency maps to be performed successfully, describes the HP approach to automated discovery and dependency mapping, presents an overview of the complete IT change management solution, describes the HP Discovery and Dependency Mapping software ( DDMA ) , and explains how its features and functionality can improve visibility into the data center and contribute to the success of key IT/ business initiatives. 

In my last blog before holidays, I talked about Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)’s   Application Discovery and Dependency Mapping (ADDM) Radar™ Report that ranked HP Discovery and Dependency Mapping Advanced Edition ( DDMA ) software as the “highest value provider” and “best of show” product. 

Whether the challenge at hand is consolidating multiple legacy data centers, managing change to reduce risk, getting the application portfolio under control, managing incidents efficiently, or making sure investments in cloud delivery or virtualization yield the returns the business expects, HP DDMA offers capabilities that deliver success.

For data center transformation projects like consolidations of legacy and under-utilized infrastructure to modern and energy efficient physical, virtual or cloud-based infrastructure, it addresses critical knowledge gaps, generates up-to-date and fine-grained move groups for transformation planning, and offers crystal-clear visibility into the data center infrastructure before and after the fact. In addition, the HP Data Center Transformation Accelerator and term licenses for DDMA help to jump start transformation projects.

For application transformation and modernization initiatives, it can help IT understand what applications are in production and how they support business processes, capture data on supporting hardware, and create a live picture of the application portfolio for informed decision-making.

It provides excellent support for diverse virtualization environments, including the key hypervisors such as VMWare, Hyper-V, and Citrix XenServer and virtual machines on HP-UX, IBM HMC, and Solaris operating systems. And event-driven discovery allows events like the movement of applications to trigger new discovery paths and populate the Universal CMDB, allowing almost real-time visibility into the virtualized environment.

For cloud environments, it supports consistent, enterprise-wide processes for key IT management tasks such as change and configuration, service-level management, and compliance.

And for both incident management and change impact analysis, the ability to continuously discover and map the infrastructure and its dependencies accelerates processes, increases accuracy, and helps to prevent unintended impacts on business services.

For more details on these use cases and value proposition of DDMA, please read the new whitepaper or go to the HP DDMA web page.

Anand Akela | Twitter  

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Anand is a senior product marketing manager at HP Software . Anand is responsible for marketing and sales enablement for Discovery and Depen...

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