Jonathan Miles

Build Service Models Automatically with Subscription Rules

Is your Configuration Management System (CMS) up to date? 

Keeping configuration management systems up to date can be a high maintenance, high cost activity.  The constant maintenance required to keep up with today’s ever changing IT environments is the reason for most CMDB projects failing or being cancelled.

That’s why at NetNow we have been busy developing a subscription based model which allows relationships to be built and updated automatically as your system data changes.  It’s a low to no maintenance approach, keeping your CMS up to date with the true state of your enterprise and allowing you to concentrate your effort and resources on productive activities and key decision making.

As an illustration, take the following example.  A very simple rule defined to capture all Servers with an OSType of UNIX, will automatically create and maintain relationships for all UNIX servers.  Subscription rules can be defined to query any class of configuration data, based on available attribute data.  The power of these rules is limited only by the quality of your data.

Build automatic service models with subscription rules

Now take this relatively simple rule based concept, allow packages to be built which encapsulate key logic and have these packages dynamically assigned when new services come online and you have self-building, self-maintaining service models.  While admittedly some effort is required upfront to define your required logic, once defined the NetNow server will handle the maintenance burden to ensure your service models are kept up to date.