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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