CA is collaborating with other leading IT companies including BMC Software, Fujitsu, HP and IBM to in order to enable configuration management databases.
The company has joined a working group that aims to create an interoperability specification that will ultimately enable customers to federate and access information from their complex, multi-vendor IT infrastructures.
The group says it will develop an open, industry-wide specification for sharing information between Configuration Management Databases (CMDBs) and other data repositories. This specification will be submitted to an industry standards organisation later this year. As a multi-vendor specification, it will provide companies with greater choice and flexibility in adding new hardware, applications and middleware.
“CMDBs have become one of central elements of enterprise IT management, so a standards-based approach to this critical functionality is necessary and valuable,” says Helge Scheil, chief architect, business service optimisation business unit at CA.
“CA is pleased to collaborate with other industry leaders to advance the state-of-the-art around the use of CMDBs and to lower the cost of their adoption.”
An industry standard for federating and accessing IT information will integrate communication between CMDBs, which hold all details related to the components of an IT infrastructure. This includes information about servers, storage devices, networks, middleware, applications and data.
The working group believes that with a standard way for vendors and tools to share and access configuration data, companies can use their CMDBs to create a more complete and accurate view of IT information spread out across multiple data sources and help them better understand the impact of changes they make to the IT environment.