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Management of Configuration Data Using a Meta Schema to Store State Diagrams

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125083D
Original Publication Date: 2005-May-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-May-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 82K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The ability to use the same Meta Data that defines the model of an application system, is used by a policy system to make decisions about how the instances described by the Meta model are maintained.

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Management of Configuration Data Using a Meta Schema to Store State Diagrams

The problem statement: It is difficult to manage the consistent change of data in an IT environment. Service Level Objectives (SLO) and Service Level Agreements are dependent upon knowing the current state of the IT Environment, and this state is determined by the configuration item's (CI) status, which is based on the values of various integrated components. The difficulty is compounded by users who change the configuration are not usually funded to record the changes. The discovery of what IT changes effect what business process is time consuming and tedious work, which is often produced in a work product that is never implemented or reused.

Events in the IT environment are monitored and trigger condition polices are modeled such that once the event conditions are met, a policy action is performed, which may include additional modifications to the environment. Since State Diagrams are a specific standard that can be used to model state.

The integration of CIM Meta Model specification to Events and Interoperability will allow for the policy to persist actual instances of Named Elements that define a specific condition that is checked for. The Indication Filter that collects the trigger conditions is evaluated every time an event happens in the environment.

The diagram below shows how the Meta Schema can be associated to instances that the Meta describes. It also illustrates how events (InstIndication) can be evaluated, so when a property changes, the triggers assoc...