Cloudy With A Chance Of Configuration Management
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Overview: Technology evolves, and to remain relevant so must processes. With the rise of cloud computing and the proliferation of virtualization, many question the efficacy of configuration management and the place of the CMDB in the future of IT. How can a discipline based on a methodical process-based approach remain relevant in a world where abstraction and automation lead to minute-by-minute changes in the service infrastructure? This paper attempts to answer these questions by first validating the applicability of configuration management as a discipline in a post-dynamic infrastructure world, and then by addressing each of the challenges facing the configuration manager of the future. The paper also looks to the future to define how an effective evolving configuration management program can add additional benefit by realigning the cloud-computing paradigm to the service-oriented concepts that facilitate true business value.