UCMDB and the Scope Limiting Myth

UCMDB and the Scope Limiting Myth

IT professionals who work with HPE Asset Manager, IT Service Manager, and UCMDB are aware that these systems could work together out of the box. However, limitations in the included integration adapters and restrictions in the technology architecture impose limits on the scope of data included in the system. Functional limitations in the UCMDB application allow for only a single writer process to keep up with all the work required of it. Hence enterprises are forced to compromise how often discovery is run, to limit the scope of collection, and often to rule out entire regions, device types or CI types.

Due to these limitations, there exists a widespread myth that the only workable strategy is to limit scope, to limit commitment, to mature slowly based on use case. However, this intentional limiting of scope works against achieving a Configuration Management System (CMS) solution, regardless of perceived technical limitations. In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary to fiercely encourage the inclusion of all sources of information, for each source to be a provider and consumer for all members of an enterprise.

A multiple-instance CMDB model distributes the workload usually assigned to one system across several. Each instance of the CMDB is assigned a specific set of roles, performing a fraction of the work required by a single-instance. Processing time is dedicated to the limited functions of the role, and efficiency of the system is increased exponentially, while problems with data quality disappear, making a CMS solution possible.

This is entirely feasible with the current technology from HPE. The capabilities of the UCMDB simply need to be extended by implementing a multiple-instance architecture using strategically designed integrations. This innovative approach eliminates CI limitations, the need to define specific use cases for data migration, and the technical bottlenecks existent in current CMDBs.


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