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What’s New In HP Universal CMDB Configuration Manager...

HP is proud to announce the latest edition of HP Universal CMDB Configuration Manager.  Version 10.00 delivers key functionality to improve your business continuity planning and help you gain value faster from your configuration management system.  New enhancements allow you greater consumption of your UCMDB data and a quicker return on investment.  The latest improvements are listed below:

 

Out-of-the-Box Cluster Resiliency and Data Quality Policies

Protect your ability to deliver services with Configuration Manager’s clustering analysis and policy enforcement. Leverage cluster resiliency policies upon installation to identify single points of failure within your environment and ensure that all clusters are symmetrical. In addition, improve the quality of data you rely on with out-of-the-box data quality policies to ensure important CI attributes are not missing in the Universal CMDB. These policies are provided as part of the new Advanced Configuration Manager module.

 

Similarity Policies

Ensure configurations are alike among clusters or groups of CIs. Save tremendous time by defining a similarity policy to ensure servers, for example, are similar to each other, without having to define the specific attribute values. This is especially important in highly dynamic environments. In addition, leverage similarity policies in clusters to ensure the CIs within those clusters are similar. Note that a single policy can be defined and leveraged across many clusters, and every CI will be compared only with other CIs of the same cluster. These policies are provided as part of the new Advanced Configuration Manager module.

 

Similarity Policy Creation

Configuration Manager walks you through the few steps needed to create and enforce a similarity policy with ease. Start enforcing standardized configurations with minimal effort, and rapidly obtain value from the configuration management system.

 

Policy Categorization

To gain focused insight into policy breaches, policies can be categorized in order to focus on a subset of policies at a time. For example, view all the policies related to ensuring geographic redundancy, or related to improving data quality. In addition, the categorized policy statuses can be consumed using the UCMDB API and populated into any reporting system.

 

New User Experience

Configuration Manager’s home page has been revamped to provide you guidance on how to begin your configuration management activities and help you achieve insights faster. Select Statistics to view policy breaches and other key performance indicators; select Explore to easily browse for CIs or navigate topologies; select Control Changes to understand which CIs have encountered changes and need authorizations;  or easily create an inventory view or similarity policy.

 

Search and Explore Capability With UCMDB Browser

Configuration Manager now delivers easier information retrieval, topological navigation, viewing, and analysis from one user interface. UCMDB Browser capabilities are available directly from Configuration Manager so you can leverage the powerful search capabilities combined with seamless viewing and analysis of the data residing in the configuration management system.

 

View Creation

In an effort to simplify administration, Configuration Manager now includes the ability to create an inventory view in very few steps, without the need to perform this work directly in UCMDB. Configuration Manager takes care of the view creation in UCMDB behind the scenes, simplifying the workload of the administrator.

 

Combined User Management

As part of simplifying administration, UCMDB and Configuration Manager combine user management processes to enable you to define your users and roles one time and leverage them across the solution.

 

For additional information, please go to www.hp.com/go/CM

 

Follow our blog series, Realizing the Value of Your CMS:

  • What are the challenges and misconceptions of using a UCMDB?  Helping you to realize the value…
  • Can HP UCMDB Browser improve the way you manage, monitor and search for your data?  Yes, find out how.
  • Protect your ability to deliver services with HP Configuration Manager’s new Clustering Analysis and Policy Enforcement.
  • What are Similarity Policies and how can they help your business?
  • How to put your UCMDB data to good use…
  • Getting a handle on your unplanned changes...

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