EMC has announced an upgrade to its application discovery appliance, the Smart Application Discovery Manager, which is designed to help users better understand and map relationships among applications and infrastructure components.
ADM gives users an inventory of applications and maps how they are linked to IT resources, such as servers, network devices and storage arrays. A built-in dependency catalog lets enterprises keep track of software and hardware configuration changes and compare them on a server-to-server basis.
By combining information about the application infrastructure that ADM collects with EMC Smarts’ root-cause analysis capabilities, IT can more easily pinpoint the impact of system events and changes, says Bob Quillin, director of marketing in EMC’s nLayers division.
“We know how the applications relate to the infrastructure through Application Discovery Manager. By providing that information to Smarts, when Smarts discovers that a router, or switch or server is down, it can then help the user understand which applications are affected by that outage,” Quillin says. “We’re linking infrastructure problems directly to the business service that’s affected.”
EMC released its first version of ADM in May and based the product on technology it licensed from application discovery and mapping vendor nLayers. One month later, EMC announced it acquired privately held nLayers.