Not your grandmother's CMDB

The coming cloud disruption is going to make your lives easier in some respects and much much tougher in others. If you are consuming services then the cloud truly promises to shower you with sunshine and lollipops. Select a vendor out of the catalog, enter your corporate credit card number and viola! You will have the power to pick and choose with much less burden of having to negotiate with techies about hardware and software costs.


If you work in operations, however, here's a word of caution:


Better buckle up dude!


Your life is about to get much tougher for the following reasons:

- The cloud disruption is already putting pressure on you to provide internal and maybe even external cloud based services.

- The cloud is based on virtual environments.

- Virtual environments are rich, dynamic and very volatile.

- Virtual environments must employ high levels of automation.

- Therefore, if you found it challenging to deal with the number of changes in your environment, it is going to get more difficult. If you had a hard time understanding what you have out there and keep it in conformance with any kind of policies, it is going to get more difficult. If you are having a hard time keeping track of the infrastructure layer of your data center and how it impacts your business - it is going to get more difficult.


In order to deal with such difficulty, you will need the right tools. These tools will be able to enforce your policies and facilitate change with minimal human intervention. They will be about "managing by exception" as opposed to today's ITIL's prevalent interpretation which is "manage as a rule".


Such tools will need to have a record which is almost real-time of the servers, network, storage, physical, virtual and everything required to run such processes with minimal intervention. Such a database will have to keep track of relationships as well and the capacity and velocity challenges it will have to face require it to be much more than your grandmother's CMDB.


Stay tuned.

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