BMC Continues Discovery, Dependency Maps with ADDM 8.3

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at
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Information to build new models is entered in through a browser-based interface.

BMC is using a simple browser-based form to let data center application owners provide basic configuration information such as network protocol and port use so that the operations team can more quickly generate dependency maps.

Version 8.3 of Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping became available as a virtual appliance at the end of October.

I spoke with BMC's Bill Emmett about ADDM. "Before, one of the biggest challenges was model construction because the effort was falling only on the operations staff. The collaborative application modeling interface lets app owners provide basic information that can be used by operations to significantly speed up the mapping process," Emmett said. Application information can also be integrated with other BMC tools including the Atrium CMDB (change management database) and BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite. Organizations that are already using BMC Atrium tools should be able to use data from the latest version of ADDM to smooth out both on-premise operations and to lay plans for a transition to a cloud-based infrastructure.

Based on my converstion with Emmett and my understanding of ADDM it makes sense that the transition from ADDM 8.2 to 8.3 should be nearly effortless. For the product to succeed, it shouldn't take much effort to train application owners to provide the operational information.

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