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Informatica has been involved in many high value application consolidation projects and naturally our perspective is all about the data – we are interested in its quality, its lineage, its size and shape and how it correlates from one application to another. We provide a range of services to help our customers with this. This is all very important but we also need to think about the larger picture: the application servers, the database servers, shared infrastructure and storage.
Automated [IT infrastructure] discovery is a kind of holy grail – the idea is that you detect all of the servers and inter-server communications happening within a data centre, and somehow you can auto-magically infer business applications and services and all their dependencies. As is so often the case the reality is somewhat more complex – what you actually need to do is then apply lots of filters and human refinements to remove a vast amount of noise so that you end up with a useful and usable model.
Following a Merger and Acquisition (M&A), there is usually a focus on consolidating the two companies’ IT systems, leaving behind many redundant legacy applications. Until those legacy applications are shut down, you haven’t realized the cost savings of the consolidation. However, those old applications may contain data that’s no longer used for daily operations, but need to be retained for regulatory compliance. Keeping those applications up and running, just to retain the data within them introduces operational, business and legal risks. It is likely that the IT staff who have the expertise about those applications are no longer with the company, and without them it may be difficult to impossible to access the data in a meaningful way, in the time required, for an audit or eDiscovery request.