The Application-2-Infrastructure Mapping for an application is the information about the network, compute and storage used for the application system deployment. Application-2-Infrastructure Mapping is mission critical for system deployment life cycle. In most organizations, the Application-2-Infrastructure information is not easily available and often it is tribal knowledge. There are tools in the market claims to auto-discover and create the mapping for you. The reality is that there is no tool in the market that can auto-discover and create Application-2-Infrastructure Mapping for an enterprise applications portfolio. The first iteration of creating Application-2-Infrastructure Mapping is manual in nature. The Mapping tools such as BMC ADDM and HP ADDM will auto-discover the infrastructure elements also known as application elements but application owner needs to define the mapping rules. The tools have a library of these rules for some of the popular applications technology stack that doesn't cover 100% of an enterprise application portfolio. The standard library often misses covering the custom implementations for a popular applications technology stack.

Sample Schema Elements for Application-2-Infrastructure Mapping:
  • application Name
  • application Description
  • application environment/landscape(s)
  • application serviceUrl(s)
  • serviceUrls DNS / GTM / GSLB / L7LB Configuration
  • application VIPs / LTM / LSLB / L4LB Configuration
  • application Network Information
    • Internet / WAN
    • Zones / vLANs / ServerGroups
    • networkfirewallRules
  • misc access and security controls
  • web server(s)
  • application server(s)
  • database server(s)
  • misc servers such as batch, messaging queue etc
  • data replication methods and tools
  • server(s) storage LUNs mappings
  • server(s) NAS mappings
  • server(s) technology stack
  • server(s) Operating System Processes
  • application dependencies - common/core services
  • application dependencies - enterprise applications services
  • application dependencies - external applications services