There’s nothing like starting a new year with a brand-new release of the Configuration Management System (CMS)! CMS 11 provides a new modern HTML5-based user interface. We have also included new capabilities in cloud discovery, including Google Cloud discovery support—the first to market amongst major discovery vendors . Finally, with CMS 11, we introduce a more flexible licensing model that allows you to run your discovery in a flexible way based on the changing needs of your organization.
New CMS UI: CMS 11 introduces a new home page that let users immediately access the data they need, with ability to view out-of-the-box or customized graphical reports. With the new ‘Resource Manager’ users can also search any views or business services of their IT landscape in a one singular easy search component. This means that integrations with other products are also made much easier. With the new ‘Integration Manager’ you can see “at-a-glance” the status of any integration you’ve set up and a summary of the status of all your integrations. All of these new features are now seamlessly integrated into a single menu system that includes previous capabilities like the Package Manager, LDAP Manager, Smart Software Analytics and the Probe Dashboard.
New Cloud Content and Discovery: With Universal Discovery you can extend your discovery to all the major private and public cloud providers. Universal Discovery is the first of the major discovery vendors to support the capture and modeling of Google Cloud content! UD can now capture Google virtual machines, related storage and IP addresses, as well as the disk images used to create the VMs and relevant account information.
We’ve also dramatically increased the capabilities of our AWS and Azure content discovery. In the case of AWS, we can now discover the CloudFormation template stacks you may be using in support of your DevOps processes. We can also capture the Virtual Private Networking and subnets you may have deployed to manage access and connectivity.
Universal Discovery can now discover the installed software on your EC2 virtual machines via an integration with System Manager (in addition to our core methods of software inventory capture). With these changes, a single discovery job can now capture your full AWS compute environment and their dependencies, as well as the software installed on your EC2 servers. This dramatically speeds up the collection of AWS content, which is very important in the dynamic world of cloud computing.
Finally, we have improved our ability to capture critical networking content in your Azure environments such as virtual networks and subnets, as well as improved our ability to capture and model the storage services you may be using from Azure.
Flexible Universal Discovery licensing: CMS 11 introduces an improved licensing model that allows more flexibility in how you use your Universal Discovery licenses. UD now uses “Units” to allow you to consume discovery licenses, with each server or device discovered consuming a portion of a unit according to the depth of discovery (‘Basic’ or ‘Advanced’ discovery). This means you can adjust your discovery in real time based on the needs of your business at that time (without needing to change your license). Additionally, you can now get verified Oracle LMS reports for any server discovered using ‘Advanced Discovery’ capabilities (similar to UD Full) with no additional license required. The new release delivers comprehensive license reporting and consumption. This capability shows how licenses are consumed, how the systems were created and what activity last made a change to them.
Agent-Driven Inventory Discovery: One of the main advantages of Universal Discovery (UD) is its ability to leverage agent-less mode, agent-based mode or even hybrid mode (hence – parts of the environments use agents, and other parts are agent-less). With the new smart capabilities of the UD agents, you can now increase the reliability and coverage of your discovery. Agents no longer rely on the UCMDB system to be told what and when to discover. But instead, they can manage the discovery of the system upon which it’s installed by itself, and send the data directly back to the server. This ability has a collection of benefits.
The new agents can discover servers with short lives located in cloud environments, and report accurate and timely information. For endpoints (like laptops) discovery, if you happen to move your laptop behind a VPN (for example Microsoft’s DirectAccess tool), our new agent will still be able to successfully report back to UCMDB the information you need. Also, laptops move around your office buildings, and with each move they are assigned a new ID to be on the network (the IP address). With the new Agent-Driven Inventory discovery, laptops floating from IP to IP are managed seamlessly
Additional Improvements with CMS 11: We’ve made a whole host of additional improvements with this release. See below for the highlights for UCMDB and Content Pack 26
- Data push enhancements: Provides more detailed control over how data is pushed from UCMDB to other tools
- Oracle Container Database: UCMDB server can now utilize Oracle Container Database (CDB) as its host database technology
- Hyper-V SCVMM Discovery: Discovers the Hyper-V topology of hosts managed by SCVMM by connecting to SCVMM.
- Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager: Discovers the Red Hat virtual environment and topology of hosts and virtual machines managed by RHEVM
- Deep discovery of MySQL databases: Discover MySQL database and MariaDB instances including database tables and database users through Generic DB Protocol (SQL)
- Oracle LMS Improvements: New Oracle LMS discovery capability, verified by Oracle and consistent with changes to the Oracle certification program over the past year.
So what are you waiting for? You can download the new CMS 11 from the Software Entitlement Portal to begin utilizing these capabilities for yourself. You can also start a free trial of the configuration management software here.
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