CA releases upgrade to its configuration database

New version launched

CA has upgraded its configuration management database (CMDB).

CMDBs store data about networks, systems and applications, to help network managers pinpoint performance errors and ensure configurations’ compliance.

The latest version of CA’s CMDB collects data from many sources, but doesn’t necessarily store it all in a single database.

Like similar products recently announced by competitors, CA’s software now serves as a common repository for network, system and application-asset information.

The CA CMDB involves a central, federated database with hooks — CA calls them universal federation adapters — into other data sources. It does not require IT managers to abandon existing databases, and move configuration data to another server; it lets data reside in multiple places, with the central database knowing where that data is.

Industry watchers say adopting a CMDB could take years and IT shops should attempt to tackle it in digestible chunks.

“Most large enterprise companies work with several different management vendors, so implementing next-generation management technologies means making some hard decisions about which of their existing vendors will supply what pieces,” says Jasmine Noel, a principal analyst with Ptak, Noel & Associates.

Federation lets IT managers use what they already have in place with new technology, she says.

With this release, the CA CMDB can be purchased unbundled from other CA products, such as the Unicenter portfolio of management tools.

Industry watchers say unbundling could help customers more easily adopt a CMDB. In addition to storing configuration data, CA’s CMDB gives customers details how configuration items — such as a server, application or database — relate or depend upon one another, CA says.

The new version is slated to be available next month.

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