December 11, 2017 | Written by: Colette Finneran
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In the digital economy, availability of business applications is critical. It’s a complex activity to keep track of the dependencies between applications and the underlying infrastructure elements. As enterprises modernize their infrastructure for agility and adopt cloud deployment models, they’ll need to discover new technologies and platforms in order to have an accurate and complete infrastructure topology view with visibility of deep configuration data. Teams across the enterprise need visibility of up-to-date application dependency data to solve problems, such as quickly addressing customer issues and identifying which workloads are most suitable for cloud migration.
Does your team have the IT infrastructure discovery capabilities it needs to meet these challenges?
What is IBM Tivoli?
IBM Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager (TADDM) is a trusted discovery system providing the configuration data for key business processes such as availability management, service management and disaster recovery. Enterprises with some of the largest IT deployments worldwide rely on TADDM to discover and reconcile tens of millions of infrastructure components.
Clients planning workload migration to the cloud are already extending TADDM solution to discover virtualized infrastructure, including hypervisors and containers. These organizations also need to be able to discover the cloud infrastructure and platform services that their business applications will depend upon.
TADDM offers new value to enterprises as they reorganize data centers and applications to determine which workloads are appropriate for deploying to public or private cloud. An IT workload includes all the resources involved in the delivery and management of an application. A prerequisite to evaluating which workloads are most suitable for relocating is to identify all the resources and sub-components that provide functionality consumed by the application. It is also important to understand all the physical, logical and operational relationships and dependencies between the resources in the IT infrastructure.
Powerful support in IBM’s TADDM for automating modelling of application dependencies
New vendors in the marketplace are focused on the workload migration use case and are targeting line of business and application owners who want to quickly move their business applications to the cloud. They are looking for an easy way to discover and visualize the IT infrastructure dependencies for their application. The reality is, there is no magic wand to automatically create this view for a complex application with dependencies across a hybrid infrastructure.
IT/back-end engineering teams historically managed IT discovery, and integration of topology and configuration data with end-user systems such as service desks and Configuration Management Databases (CMDBs). They recognize the complexity of discovery, which requires all of the following:
- Understanding of application server processes and dependencies
- Insight into clustering
- High availability and disaster recovery configurations
- Knowledge of hypervisor, storage and network configurations
TADDM has powerful capabilities to enable IT support business application owners by completing the pre-requisite first step — discovering and classifying the components in the IT Infrastructure. Identification of workloads and association to business applications and services requires input from the client’s application owners and service delivery managers who have the knowledge about the relationship between a workload and the business application/service.
IBM Services and IBM’s Business Partners can enable new teams in a client’s enterprise to leverage the power of TADDM providing a framework and best practices to complete this business application modelling step.
What’s New in IBM TADDM in Q4, 2017?
Aricent has partnered with IBM to expand IBM’s Cloud Product Portfolio through new digital experiences and intelligent automation. The partnership focuses on client success and the TADDM roadmap includes accelerating automation tasks and management simplification as well as expanding into new use cases and extensions into the cloud.
With TADDM 7.3 Fix Pack 4 planned for release in December 2017, enterprises can discover additional technologies including Citrix XenApp 7.6, Docker Host and Docker Swarm Cluster, and VMware vCenter System Appliance.
For more information about IBM TADDM, please go to the IBM Knowledge Center.