EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today raised the bar for IT governance solutions by announcing a new appliance powered by EMC’s award-winning application discovery, change impact and dependency mapping software. EMC IT Compliance Analyzer – Application Edition enables users to define IT compliance policies for application dependencies and infrastructure and receive alerts when policy violations occur. Internal governance, industry best practices, and external regulatory directives – such as the pre-packaged PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance templates – can be managed based on automated analysis of application configuration, change and dependency information.
IT Compliance Analyzer is a key piece of EMC’s IT service delivery management portfolio, a comprehensive set of operations management software based on EMC Smarts and EMC ControlCenter technologies. Aimed at helping customers achieve higher degrees of automation for their data center operations, EMC software provides customers with end-to-end service visibility and control across their complex IT information infrastructures.
“With the growing emphasis on compliance across all industries, the potential impact of any uncontrolled changes to the IT environment can be devastating,” said Rich Ptak, Managing Partner and Senior Analyst, Ptak/Noel Associates. “Companies today need to proactively manage their infrastructures and determine which IT changes, configurations and interdependencies are potentially dangerous to their day-to-day operations.”
IT Compliance Analyzer performs both real-time analysis and reporting to inform IT managers of application configurations and dependencies that violate user-defined policies in a networked environment. The appliance enables users to create policies that automate the process of identifying, monitoring, and alerting IT operations to violations of application configurations, changes, and dependencies.
Potential policies that could be created include those regarding password requirements, limits to simultaneous usage of applications, use of secure protocols, and application hardware requirements. The pre-packaged PCI DSS policy template consists of policies that continuously check for configuration, dependency, and connection violations to enable IT teams to catch credit card data IT conformance issues before they become critical.
EMC Smarts Application Discovery Manager – an agentless, application discovery, change impact and dependency mapping solution – acts as the data source for IT Compliance Analyzer. Smarts Application Discovery Manager automatically discovers and captures all critical configuration information—including change details, as well as the critical dependencies between applications and the infrastructure on which they rely. Leveraging this knowledge, IT Compliance Analyzer then enables businesses to achieve application validation for compliance with internal policies and standards, regulatory requirements and best-practices for business critical applications –as well as operation issues such as predicting compliance implications of new application deployment.
Specifically, IT Compliance Analyzer is distinguished by three main functions:
“Nearly every business today is subject to some form of IT compliance – whether it’s self-imposed or mandated by an external regulatory entity. Up until now, IT compliance has largely been a highly manual and expensive process,” said Chris Gahagan, EMC’s Senior Vice President, Resource Management Software. “EMC IT Compliance Analyzer is a truly unique solution – enabling organizations to bypass error-prone manual processes and truly automate compliance with IT governance around application configurations and dependencies.”
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world’s leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC’s products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.