by Brian McGinty.
Part 3 – Data Viewing, in our 5-part series on ways to get your Disaster Recovery Plan back on track.
Data Viewing: What the Dependency Analyzer and Architecture Graphs Can Show You.
In part 2 of our series, I talked about getting your data loaded to support Disaster Recovery into TransitionManager. Today I am going to talk about viewing that data.
Once data is loaded into TransitionManager you are now able to start using the Dependency Analyzer to view your data. There are also tabular displays of your data that are accessible, and you can also build custom tabular views.
You’ll be able to see the assets and the interdependencies in your environment including the applications, servers, storage, databases, and so on. Essentially you are viewing the relationships that exist. If you have unique relationships in your environment those can easily be defined and added like any other relationship.
This first snip below is from the Dependency Analyzer page, showing the dependencies that are defined for this client. (Keep in mind, this is not a finite list, if you have other dependencies specific to your environment, they can easily be made part of this list.)
The next snip below is the Dependency Analyzer map display based on what you have selected to Show in the above Dependencies tab (in this case, All). This shows devices, with the lines representing dependencies. You can now browse this map, zooming into specific devices, applications, and dependencies at will. It is a powerful tool letting you see and understand at a glance just how complex some interdependencies are between applications and different dependency types.
The next view below is the Architecture Graph, this allows you to select a specific asset and show its architecture graph above and below it. It saves you having to go through what can potentially be a very busy Dependency Analyzer map.
Below is a simple example:
As mentioned previously, TransitionManager can always present the data in tabular format as shown below. And as a last resort it can be exported to excel. But we have found the power of Dependency Analyzer and Architecture Graph enable several significant advantages:
In part 4 I will talk about Disaster Recovery Runbooks and TransitionManager.
Ready to see how TransitionManager can improve your migration process?
You can't predict when a disaster will strike or when your normal operations are disrupted, but there are steps you can take to disaster-proof your applications and not only ensure business continues but key IT initiatives don’t get stopped in their tracks.
It’s not always possible to predict how and when a disaster will strike, however, there are steps CIOs can take to sustain business growth and ensure key IT initiatives don’t stop in their tracks. We are happy to share some of that guidance with the wider IT community.
A resilient IT environment goes beyond having a disaster recovery plan. Here are 9 tips for improving your IT resiliency.
IT organizations need a platform built specifically for planning, managing, and executing migrations, recovery events, M&As and other transformation projects, end-to-end.
Making decisions using data that is pieced together through a combination of spreadsheets, data exports, and email messages doesn’t provide project teams with a comprehensive understanding of compliance, security and other business requirements. That’s why TDS enhanced its rules engine, making it easy to write simple scripts that apply business rules to data, ensuring that the results will be aligned with business goals.
We continue to evolve TransitionManager’s capabilities, focusing first on what problem we are trying to solve for the customer. For enterprise architects and cloud professionals, finding the right information and leveraging the variety of tools available to plan and manage IT transformation projects is challenging and complex.