Discoverable data centre infrastructure
David Cuthbertson of Square Mile Systems was kind enough to demonstrate his AssetGen software to myself and Denis last week. Once the data has been inputted into a CMDB like AssetGen all sorts of very impressive reports can be generated very quickly. Implementing a CMDB involves a heavy up front investment because you have to manually enter at least 50% of your infrastructure and associated dependencies. The cause of the steep initial investment in CMDB is the invisibility of infrastructure in the data centre to auto-discovery software, meaning that infrastructure cannot be auto-discovered in the same way as devices on the network.