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DEFINITION: A configuration management database (CMDB) is a database that contains all relevant information about the components of the information system used in an organization's IT services and the relationships between those components. A CMDB provides an organized view of data and a means of examining that data from any desired perspective. Within this context, components of an information system are referred  … 
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Discovering Novell ZENworks 11
sponsored by Novell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Novell is taking its family of systems-management products to the next level with ZENworks 11—by integrating them all into a single policy-based platform; providing unified management for a wider range of Windows and Linux devices; and making it easy to extend automated device management across physical, virtual and cloud environ­ments.
Posted: 18 Nov 2010 | Published: 18 Nov 2010

Novell, Inc.

Enterprise Management Associates Report-- The Power of AppScan: A Hands-On Review of IBM Rational AppScan Standard Edition
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: In a hands-on look at IBM Rational AppScan Standard Edition, the Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™) team finds in the product an easily implemented, highly configurable utility that addresses multiple application security pain points.
Posted: 27 Oct 2010 | Published: 27 Oct 2010

IBM

Managing Network Bandwidth to Maximize Performance
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes how to leverage best practices to monitor, baseline, and manage the network bandwidth and performance. It also highlights how to identify and eliminate issues such as unwanted traffic, unwanted protocols, and network problems with factory default switch configurations.
Posted: 20 Oct 2010 | Published: 20 Oct 2010

Fluke Networks

IBM System x iDataPlex
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: In today’s fast-paced IT environment, overcrowded data centers are becoming more and more common—which means IT managers are simply running out of room to expand. An iDataPlex solution can help with these problems because its unique rack design is optimized to save floor space. Read this paper to find out more.
Posted: 20 Oct 2010 | Published: 19 Oct 2010

IBM

Oracle GoldenGate on Sun Oracle Database Machine Configuration
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This paper focuses on configuring Oracle GoldenGate to run on Sun Oracle Database Machine. Sun Oracle Database Machine can act as the source database, as the target database, or in some cases as both source and target databases for GoldenGate processing.
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 | Published: 19 Feb 2010

Oracle Corporation

Unified Physical Infrastructure℠ Solutions for the Data Center A Service Management Approach to IT Physical Infrastructure Management
sponsored by Panduit
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses how a DCIM solution based on the Unified Physical InfrastructureSM (UPI) approach brings visibility to the physical infrastructure components that support mission critical services. Armed with this solution, data center stakeholders have a more powerful service management toolset and so much more
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 | Published: 01 Sep 2010

Panduit

Managing the Entire Database Security & Compliance Lifecycle with IBM InfoSphere Guardium
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Read this paper to find out what solutions optimize operational efficiency with a scalable, multi-tier architecture that automates and centralizes compliance controls across your entire application and database infrastructure.
Posted: 27 Sep 2010 | Published: 27 Sep 2010

IBM

Configuration Auditing – The Next Critical Step in Compliance
sponsored by nCircle
WHITE PAPER: In this paper learn what Configuration auditing entails verifying the configurations of all assets in the environment to make sure they have the correct settings. This includes auditing new assets, monitoring for changes and verifying that planned changes are carried out properly.
Posted: 02 Aug 2010 | Published: 02 Aug 2010

nCircle

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2, R2, R3
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: The fourth edition of Microsoft’s System Management Server was released in August, 2007 with a new name, System Center Configuration Manager, making it part of the System Center brand. This paper will go through the components of each variety of this product to clear up any confusion around this valuable piece of management software.
Posted: 27 Jul 2010 | Published: 27 Jul 2010

Global Knowledge

Interoperating with Cisco Systems: Hands-On Look at Configuring D-Link and Cisco for Seamless Savings
sponsored by D-Link
WHITE PAPER: The best network design invariably is multi-vendor. That is even more true in an era of constrained budgets where sticking with your existing vendor brings with it not only a price premium, but also the continuation of proprietary approaches. Read this whitepaper to learn more about D-Link's interoperability benefits with Cisco systems.
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 | Published: 02 Jul 2010

D-Link

ASG's metaCMDB™ Master or "Citizen" CMDB Containing Critical Enterprise Configuration Information
sponsored by ASG Software Solutions
WHITE PAPER: The sound understanding and visibility of configuration information provided by ASG’s metaCMDB™ is critical for ITIL initiatives and business service management (BSM) implementations, service desk support, and the integration of disparate technologies. Read this paper to find out more.
Posted: 25 May 2010 | Published: 25 May 2010

ASG Software Solutions

A Lifecycle Approach to Systems Quality: Because You Can’t Test in Quality at the End
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper looks at approaches for effectively integrating quality management into lifecycle activities and the potential benefits this can deliver for project and business outcomes.
Posted: 17 Mar 2010 | Published: 17 Dec 2009

IBM

Mercedes-Benz Takes a Smooth Ride to ERP 6.0
sponsored by Panaya, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Mercedes-Benz USA needed to upgrade from 4.6C to ERP 6.0 to manage an increasingly complex application environment while doing it in-house without overtaxing development team members. Read this paper to find out how Panaya helped Mercedes-Benz USA come in on time and under budget with their SAP upgrade.
Posted: 24 Feb 2010 | Published: 24 Feb 2010

Panaya, Inc.

ASG-Discovery and Dependency Mapping (ASG-DDM)
sponsored by ASG Software Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This paper explains ASG's unique, automated solution for discovery and dependency mapping for change and configuration management.
Posted: 23 Feb 2010 | Published: 23 Feb 2010

ASG Software Solutions

Changing the Way Companies Run Their Data Centers
sponsored by Aperture - An Emerson Network Brand
WHITE PAPER: Aperture VISTA revolutionizes data center management with a suite of solutions that delivers a comprehensive, integrated view of enterprise data centers. Aperture VISTA solutions enable organizations to deliver the highest levels of reliable, efficient IT service that truly aligns with business objectives.
Posted: 22 Feb 2010 | Published: 22 Feb 2010

Aperture - An Emerson Network Brand

How ASG's MetaCMDB Strategy Enables More Effective BSM
sponsored by ASG Software Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This white paper looks at two of the most fundamental and conflicted concepts surrounding these requirements: BSM and the CMDB system, focusing on CMDB requirements as they support a BSM strategy, and highlighting ASG's offerings in that context.
Posted: 22 Feb 2010 | Published: 22 Feb 2010

ASG Software Solutions

How to Populate Your CMDB in Four Steps
sponsored by ASG Software Solutions
WHITE PAPER: For organizations that start small, and do it right, the gains achieved with their initial CMDB population will serve as a foundation for optimal data management results in other departments and other service areas. Read this paper to learn how.
Posted: 08 Feb 2010 | Published: 08 Feb 2010

ASG Software Solutions

ASG's Business Service Portfolio™ Virtualization Management
sponsored by ASG Software Solutions
WHITE PAPER: Read this paper to learn how ASG’s BSP Virtualization Management allows you to continually optimize and monitor the performance health of your entire physical and virtual environment, in addition to discovering application dependencies and reducing VM sprawl.
Posted: 08 Feb 2010 | Published: 08 Feb 2010

ASG Software Solutions

Three Ways to Prevent Insider Risk Within Your SCCM-Managed Environment
sponsored by Lumension
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to learn how removable device policy enforcement can prevent risks while enabling managed use of necessary productivity tools—seamlessly within your Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager-managed environment.
Posted: 27 Jan 2010 | Published: 27 Jan 2010

Lumension

IDC White Paper: Key Criteria in Selecting an Enterprise Online PC Backup Solution
sponsored by Iron Mountain
WHITE PAPER: This paper illustrates the top–level benefits of online PC backup. Read this paper to learn more about how to choose an online PC backup solution for your mid-sized organization or enterprise!
Posted: 11 Jan 2010 | Published: 15 Dec 2008

Iron Mountain

Turning Virtual Sprawl into a Good Thing
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses how HP Discovery and Dependency Mapping can be the key to the effective management of your virtual infrastructure, helping to make sure that you can gain the benefits of virtualization without increasing costs and risks.
Posted: 10 Dec 2009 | Published: 09 Dec 2009

Hewlett-Packard Company

Optimizing Business Service Management (BSM) in a Challenging Global Economy: Delivering Service Quality While Improving IT Efficiency
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: This IDC White Paper examines the roles of virtualization and automation in improving operational efficiencies. Delivering end-to-end service visibility across both physical and virtual infrastructures is a key requirement for preventing service outages or failures.
Posted: 13 Nov 2009 | Published: 25 May 2009

Hewlett-Packard Company

Fixing the SAP Upgrade Process: Nine Best Practices
sponsored by Panaya, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper takes a new look at the SAP upgrade process in light of emerging best practices and new technologies. This report offers a discussion of the value of both technical and functional upgrades as well as a discussion of some of the best practices to enhance the value of your SAP upgrades while lowering overall cost.
Posted: 10 Nov 2009 | Published: 10 Nov 2009

Panaya, Inc.

Getting Virtualization Right: Five Virtualization Rules Every Organization Must Know
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: HP has a long and proud tradition of partnering with technology leaders to help ensure success in both good economies and bad. This paper provides practical advice and insight into the rules these leaders followed to realize the full potential of virtualization.
Posted: 28 Oct 2009 | Published: 25 Jul 2009

Hewlett-Packard Company

Seven Practical Steps for Federal Cyber Security and FISMA Compliance
sponsored by Tripwire, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper provides seven practical steps any information security organization can take to improve information system security and achieve compliance with relevant regulations, standards and internal security and operational policy.
Posted: 05 Oct 2009 | Published: 27 Apr 2009

Tripwire, Inc.
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CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT DEFINITION (continued): …  to as configuration items (CI). A CI can be any conceivable IT component, including software, hardware, documentation, and personnel, as well as any combination of them. The processes of configuration management seek to specify, control, and track configuration items and any changes made to them in a comprehensive and systematic fashion. The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices standards include specifications for configuration management. According to ITIL specifications, the four major tasks of configuration management are: Identification of configuration items to be included in … 
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