Not it is the time to have a quick look on what we have on our plate for the next couple of months. Adding new devices as we find them is our daily business. Apart from that, we are working on two major topics in the next months. Topic number one is improving our dependency mapping add-on. So far we are able to detect the TCP/IP connections for devices on the network. Graphical dependency maps illustrate how devices communicate with each other within your network. Currently, the dependencies are limited to displaying TCP/IP connections between computers. The following image illustrates how computers communicate within your network. Knowing which TCP/IP ports offer what service already adds a lot of value when you need to understand the communication paths between servers on your network.
But imagine if you would know that a process called “oracle.exe” on server A is communicating to a “java.exe” process that can be identified as a JBoss installation on server B! Including the processes within the communication paths enables to understand your distributed application topology! As you might know, we are working together with several CMDB and ITSM vendors. Those partners will definitely benefit from the new feature as they can automatically map your IT infrastructure to your IT services.
The second focus area for the coming months is identifying the SAN environment. We envision to implement a phased approach. Phase 1 will find the HBAs and their world wide names. In phase 2, we’d like to determine the connections between the servers and the storage switches. The last phase would add the feature to detect the zoning configuration and the connections between the storage switches and the disc arrays.