Recently, the ConfigureTek team worked with the IT Infrastructure Management team of a large retail company to support an analytics/planning project for a data center migration. The project included the following tasks: leverage a CMDB and discovery tool to (1) automatically discover and map out server dependencies, (2) create move groups based on discovery results and (3) generate various reports reflecting dependencies, server inventory, and critical configurations. ConfigureTek’s specialists successfully finished the project in 8 weeks.
The client needed fast and complete discovery of server hardware, applications, and server-to-server dependencies to optimize consolidation of servers and move servers to a new remote data center.
To ensure the project was successful ConfigureTek assisted the client with identifying required credentials, address network access requirements and implemented a commercial CMDB and Discovery tool to create and maintain an up-to-date inventory of Unix/Linux and Windows servers, business applications on servers (including Oracle & MS SQL database servers) and much more.
Within the first month of the project, we (customer and ConfigureTek) discovered more than 1100 servers, the dependencies between every server, and began creating move groups that would prevent downtime or any disruption of business service and day-to-day operations.
The customer also stated the need to discover servers, applications, and even communication between servers without installing agents on each system. The agentless discovery was necessitated due to their constant and rapid changing environment and the need to migrate to a new data center. The critical demand for authoritative (discovered) and timely (continuous updates) were the key value drivers behind this project