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Open Interface for modelling data center components

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132317D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Dec-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Dec-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This disclosure addresses the above challenges by using an Open Interface to take advantage of the customers existing configuration repositories in the environment. Customers who are at a stage of implementing the data center automation software will typically have built hardware and software repositories of the different data center elements using their existing systems management inventory tools. This disclosure leverages the customer's existing investment in these inventory tools to provide the following distinct advantages over any existing methodology : - No need to deploy new hardware and software discovery solutions gather the data - No effort diverted towards installing new hardware/software agents on end points to gather the data - No utilization of network capacity to gather the data - Reduced development time for the data center automation software developers since they won't have to write their own 'discovery' mechanisms. - Reduced implementation time for the automation software. - Customers leverage their existing investment, saving time and money.

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Open Interface for modelling data center components

Main Idea

The provisioning software will provide a Web based interface for modelling purposes. This web interface will have buttons representing each possible component in the data center model e.g. servers, switches, software, firewalls, virtual servers etc. Each button on this interface will be linked to a web page which will display all possible attributes for the component represented by that button. Mandatory attributes will be highlighted e.g. marked with a red asterisk. Each attribute will be linked to 3 possible choices -

                  - RDBMS which will provide a link to input all the fields required to access the data from that database

                  - FILE which will provide a link to input all the fields required to access data from a flat file

                  - CONSTANT which provides an option to input a constant value across all data

     The data center components which have sub-elements will get a 'button' link taking them to the next page which will offer similar choices about attributes and sub-elements.

A sample of what the Open Interface might look like is presented below:

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RDBMS

Service name

username

password

database

Tablename

Primary key column

Hostname column

Data Center Model Input

Server

RDBMS

Primary Key

File

Constant

RDBMS

Hostname

File

Constant

RDBMS

Network Interface

File

Constant

RDBMS

...........

File

Constant

Switch

Server

Click

Click

Click

Click

Firewall

File

server

path

filename

Field delimitor

Primary key colum...