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Dynamic Creation of Assets and Configuration Items for Cloud Environments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241374D
Publication Date: 2015-Apr-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system to compose the implementation of a Change Request (CR) as a sequence of implementation and configuration tasks. External tools carry out the implementation tasks, and upon completion, the tasks return an outcome status and additional information, which is associated back with the CR and then recorded in the common Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

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Dynamic Creation of Assets and Configuration Items for Cloud Environments

In typical environments, when an organization makes a change in the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure (e.g., create a server, extend the size of a disk volume, etc.), the IT team runs a discovery process. The results of the discovery process are used to populate a central database that contains information about the Configuration Items (CI) and Assets that are part of the IT infrastructure. However, cloud scenarios experience an unacceptable delay between the actual changes and running the discovery for the CI and Assets to appear in the common database.

The novel solution is a method and system to compose the implementation of a Change Request (CR) as a sequence of implementation and configuration tasks. External tools carry out the implementation tasks. Upon completion, the tasks return an outcome status and additional information, which is associated back with the CR and then recorded in the common Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

The configuration tasks implement internal processes that modify the CMDB by creating/updating/removing CI, Assets, and Relationships (i.e. CI to CI and/or CI to Asset) so that the actual view of the IT infrastructure in the CMDB almost immediately reflects the current status of the affected IT infrastructure elements. Subsequent tasks within the implementation of the same CR can access the status and data from preceding tasks and, if necessary, carry out different actions based on the outcome of these preceding tasks. This ensures that (1) the changes to the affected CI are implemented and recorded in the CMDB while these CIs are locked for any other changes, and (2) that any subsequent Change Requests or an audit process has immediate access to an accurate representation of the IT infrastructure.

The new approach is to create the assets and CIs as soon as a server is successfully created. Later, when a discovery runs, this created artifact is reconciled with the discovered one. Fields used for correlation for various resource types are defined in a standard way, so that reconciliation of discovered and created resources can be effectively performed.

This is a system for integrated Service Request (SR), Change Management, and Configuration Management that includes the automated cre...