Granular Configuration Automation

Granular Configuration Automation

What is Granular Configuration Automation?

Pioneered by Evolven, Granular Configuration Automation is a new strategy, framework and practice that focuses on the discovery and automation of an IT Environment’s configuration parameters at the most granular level.

IT managers can leverage this strategy to reach the next level of automation and efficiency with regards to IT management.

Operating within this framework empowers the user to discover the most granular level of configuration parameters from any source, including configuration files, registry, database schema, associated stored procedures and reference data.

Why Focus on Granular/Does Granular Really Matter?

When it comes to environment configuration, the devil is indeed in the details.

IT environments are complex. A typical environment includes thousands of different configuration parameters (for example, Websphere holds over 16,000 configuration parameters alone) in which the mis-configuration or disregarding of a single configuration setting, can cause an environment incident with major impact on the IT and business service.

A recent newsworthy example of a high impact incident involved critical financial information which was leaked. It took the IT organization several weeks to identify, investigate and resolve the incident; resulting in lost credibility, lawsuits, precious time spent plugging holes, and a full IT reorganization. The cause? As in many similar incidents, the cause of this high impact disruption was a single file that was not properly implemented during a patch deployment…

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