Common Questions about Application Dependencies
What are application dependencies?
Application dependencies occur when technology components, applications, networks, storage, and servers rely on one another to deliver functionality and when changes made to one element are likely to impact the other.
How does application dependency mapping work?
There are two standard types of application mapping solutions:
Agent-based application mapping solutions: These solutions require you to install a third-party solution on your computers and servers to create a map of all applications, and therefore include the risks inherent in giving access to third parties. They can also impact your computer’s performance, slowing it down or causing the battery to burn out faster.
Active/scheduled scans: Another option is to schedule scans at specific time intervals in which the system sends pings to network devices and creates a map from the responses. The scans impact latency and performance, so they cannot be conducted on an ongoing basis. Therefore, they only give you a window into your IT ecosystem, and you discover only the things that happen during the time of the scan.
Read more here.
Why application dependency mapping is so important
IT teams need to understand how the different components of their physical and virtual infrastructure interact to allocate resources efficiently and mitigate risk.
Application dependency mapping (ADM) or application discovery and dependency mapping (ADDM) identifies all the elements in an IT ecosystem and how they work together in real-time so you can simulate changes and migrations and understand their impact. When something goes wrong, ADM helps IT teams identify the failure point quickly and determine the best course of action.
For example, if one of your applications isn’t performing well, application dependency mapping can help you find the application performance bottleneck and figure out what resources might be overtaxed or compromised.
ADM can help you:
- Prevent unplanned outages
Predict and mitigate problems ahead of time through simulations and an accurate understanding of how different components interact.
Generate a granular application topology map using network traffic to discover anything with an IP address and verify that nothing is overlooked during a migration.
Simulate and plan for change using a change impact analysis.
Create a tight microsegmentation policy by mapping your comprehensive network topology and dependencies, including defining VPCs, Subnets, and Security Groups on AWS. This protects your most important assets in case of a breach using the principle of least privilege.
The visibility gained through ADM helps isolate sensitive customer information so you remain compliant with the strict requirements of regulatory boards such as SWIFT or GDPR.
Learn more about how ADM can help you: Top 4 Use Cases for Application Dependency Mapping & Application Change Management.
What you need to know about Application Dependency Mapping Tools
Benefits of using application dependency mapping software
Application dependency mapping gives you an accurate, end-to-end map of your entire IT ecosystem that lets you:
- Manage changes and understand how they will impact other elements and functionalities in the ecosystem.
- Easily migrate assets from your data center to the cloud. Read more here.
- Isolate critical assets or customer data with microsegmentation, seamlessly reducing risk.
How to choose the best-fit ADM solution for your organization
When choosing an ADM solution, it’s important to consider the following factors:
- The size of the environment: It may be possible to install agents in an organization with 30 servers but in an enterprise with 10,000+ servers, it isn’t feasible.
- Security risk: Organizations that handle highly classified data may have limitations on the installment of third-party tools.
- Familiarity: If your organization is familiar with a specific solution you may prefer to continue using it if it meets your needs.
- Server supplier: It’s important to choose a solution that integrates with your server supplier (IBM, Oracle, etc.).
VNT’s Application Dependency Mapping Software
VNT’s agentless dependency mapping (ADM) tools create a real-time, detailed service map of your entire IT environment, with one view for both virtual and physical servers. It’s platform-agnostic and has zero impact on performance.
VNT’s features include:
- Multi-cloud compliance and multi-tenant options
- Support for all on-prem technologies and virtualization platforms
- Hybrid application dependency mapping—ADM for on-premises IT and cloud topologies that shows both environments in a consolidated map
- Dependency mapping between business applications
- Real-time mapping—maps are always up-to-date
- Agentless and credential-free deployment
- Passive use of network traffic protocols in maps
- Microsegmentation planning
- Change management—visibility of real environment architecture before and after an IT change
- Impact analysis—shows the network impact of shutting down servers
- Cloud migration wave planning
- Cloud migration “right-sizing”
- SSL certificates
- Inactive server identification
- Export options and APIs
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VNT integrates with virtualization platforms such as vSphere, load balancers, cloud platforms, and monitoring solutions. Our integrations cover AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Kubernetes, AWS CloudFormation, Docker, VMWare, Hyper-V, ServiceNow, AppDynamics, BMC CMDB, CA CMDB, IBM CCMDB, New Relic, Citrix, MicroFocus, and Slack.
Calculating your cloud optimization costs
Cloud infrastructure can be more cost-effective than physical infrastructure, but it’s easy for companies to overspend. Fortunately, there are tools available to help you optimize your cloud spending, such as native cloud provider tools and network optimization tools and techniques.