Thursday, October 19, 2006

Datacenter automation status

Over the last week, I have been testing the CA Server management and CMDB product, as well as Bladelogic. Both products are good, but have their downsides. I am evaluating 4 products, and narrowing it down to 2 in order to deploy on a real QA/staging environment. The criteria we are testing on are as follows, each has a weight as well. More later:

Requirement Sub-Feature
Network Option
Track network device configuration
Create policy for configuration standards
CMDB
Visualize relationships between servers
Visualize relationships between server and network
Track dependencies of servers and websites
Software Deployment
Support for MSI, RPM, and Sun Packages
GUI for creating Packages
Search and replace
Reverse engineer files into packages
Rollback
Notifications via SNMP and SMTP
Download patches, deploy, and rollback patches
Create a policy of patches
Hardware asset collection
Collect data via DMI
Collect detailed information
Software asset collection
Collect software revision and install details
Collect how often and for how long software is used
Reporting capability
Export to PDF,XLS
Report on compliance, changes, and activity
Open database with views that make it easy to query
Multiple Datacenter capability
Ability to have proxies in datacenters/envs
Ability to have decentralized control over envs
PXE deployment
Provision OS and policy in one job
Monitor and track configuration/policy
Create policy off Live including patches and settings
Track compliance to the policy
Enforce the policy
Track changes made outside the product
Prevent the execution of a specific exe or file
Manage users and services
Manage local users across servers
Replicate credentials to other servers
Manage services in real-time
Verify status of services in real-time across servers
Verify services port usage
Usability
How easy is the product to administrate
How easy is the product to use
How easy is the product to configure and setup

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