Configuration Management Database

The Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is a series of tables that contain all the assets and business services controlled by a company and its configurations.

This includes computers and devices on the network, software contracts and licenses, business services, and more. The IT desk can use the CMDB to understand better their network users' equipment, and the relationships between them. The CMDB can also referenced by other processes within the system.

The CMDB can be populated using the Discovery product. Discovery searches the network for all attached computers and devices, then populates the CMDB with information on each computer/device's configuration, provisioning, and current status. Discovery also reports on any software which is running, and the TCP connections between computer systems, thereby establishing their relationships.

Applications such as Asset Management, Software Asset Management, Contract Management, and Configuration Management contain modules which display different tables within the CMDB. Each application is designed with a specific purpose in mind.

Asset Management and Software Asset Management link to CMDB all assets, hardware, software, assets in stock, as well as records for manufacturers and vendors. The Contract Management application contains information about contracts, including leases, service contracts, purchase orders, warranties, and software licenses. The Configuration Management application has a focus on operation.