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Configuration Change and Application Dependency Mapping in the age of Private Cloud

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As customers transition their IT strategies beyond efforts that are focused on server virtualization to private clouds and beyond, infrastructure discovery and configuration change management will continue to play an even more significant role across the generational move. Carry-over configuration management best practices in traditional IT operations management will place new demands on available tools as customers move to address the unique challenges of cloud management. Whilst these new challenges stem mostly from the dynamic and constantly changing relationships between application services and dependent components, and between physical host and guest virtual servers, operational tasks such as standardized base server configuration (which is a pre-requisite for gaining IT efficiency through automated provisioning in private clouds), and prevention of infrastructure outages and security compliance loopholes due to uncontrolled configurations are some of the new but long-standing IT challenges that a successful configuration management system can help address. The latter problem is well documented by various leading industry analysts as one of the largest causes of unplanned outages.

Customers are starting to take a second look at these problems and their existing solutions either prompted by technology re-assessment efforts in readiness for a broader private cloud initiative or due to plain inadequacy of currently implemented solutions. While reevaluating what vendors are offering today, they’re well advised to consider various factors including:

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