Federation and a CMDB: a White Paper Prepared by BMC Software

Growing momentum behind IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) initiatives has turned the configuration management database (CMDB) into an industry reality, and the concept of data federation is at the forefront. Organic development and IT management tool implementations have increased significantly in recent years, leaving many organizations with data that is pertinent to millions of configuration items (CIs), such as servers, routers, people, business services, and processes.

This paper discusses the concept of federation, how federation should be approached in the context of a CMDB, and the key requirements for building a federated CMDB approach.

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