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The CMDB Imperative: How to Realize the Dream and Avoid the Nightmares by Carlos Casanova, Glenn O’Donnell

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Chapter 4. The Federated CMS Architecture

The word federation is most often associated with a form of national government. In these political federations, local entities have a certain amount of autonomy, but a strong central national government acts as a unifying force that forms a collective national identity. Examples are the United States, Russia, and Mexico.

The correct approach to the CMS follows a strikingly similar model. We touched a bit on the federated CMDB in Chapter 2, “What Is a CMDB?,” but here we present the full details of federated configuration information and how you can benefit from this innovative architecture.

Turning Data into Useful Information

We often confuse data as information and vice versa. In reality, ...

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