Today HP is proud to introduce a new product, HP Universal Discovery (UD) 10.00, as part of HP Configuration Management System 10. HP Universal Discovery, combining the best of two products and an innovative new capability; HP Discovery and Dependency Mapping Advanced Edition (DDMA), HP Discovery and Dependency Mapping Inventory (DDMI) and Just-In-Time (JIT) Discovery. The new JIT discovery allows clients to discovery cloud environments with near real-time updates. HP Universal Discovery allows clients to accomplish both dependency discovery and inventory discovery with a single product. Version 10.00 of HP Universal Discovery delivers key technology that offers clients flexibility and choice to attain end to end IT visibility through Agent, Agentless and Passive discovery. The new discovery engine allows customers to easily gather detailed configuration item (CI) information for specific servers and the applications running on them, as well as inventory and software utilization information. The following are key enhancements made:
In an effort to simplify administration, Universal Discovery uses a single user interface (UI) and data repository to support both agents, agentless and passive discovery of assets to provide detailed configuration information (CI). Universal Discovery employs a unique technology that provides you with complete visibility of all assets on the network, physical or virtual. Universal Discovery passive discovery feature is like having a set of ears on the network, automatically identifying new IPs and creating events so you can take appropriate action using either the agent or agentless technology to further discover the attributes of the new device.
Passive (Real-time) Discovery
Universal Discovery will integrate with Real User Monitoring (RUM, as a Passive Discovery Probe) to continuously sense network traffic in real time, allowing for the capture non-durable connections as well as durable connections. The passive discovery approach avoids affecting the network operations and yet can provide a comprehensive picture of the network’s durable and non-durable connections. It allows constant awareness of ever-changing networks and helps you to remain in control by identifying new devices on the network that may not have been found with current agentless technologies.
Management Zone Based Discovery
The new Discovery Management concept provides the capability to creating defined zone in the UI for a region of the infrastructure of organization. For example, customers can define Data-Center X as a Management Zone when they need to either discover all windows machines of DC-X every week and using the same discovery parameters or discovery all J2ee-Servers of DC-X every day and using the same discovery parameters.
Native Agent Packaging
Using the native package manager, UNIX Agents can now be packaged into the native OS package format which then allows the agents to be installed/uninstalled on remote hosts with no manual intervention.
New Shell Protocol Capabilities
Part of simplifying the deployment and management of credentials Universal Discovery now provides a the new shell protocol which allows agentless discovery patterns to be executed similar to using SSH/NTCMD on end points that have UD agents installed on them.