You are a UNIX superstar, but naturally your environment includes many additional components (SAN, blade systems, virtualization, databases, and much more). With so many different teams involved in configuring and maintaining these systems, collaboration challenges arise all too easily. And this eventually leads to misconfigurations and inconsistencies that impact the availability of your UNIX systems.
To make matters worse, configuring and maintaining your many UNIX servers is itself a very demanding task. As your datacenter grows larger it becomes harder and harder to keep track of the detailed configuration of your systems. And as you know, it’s the details that matter. Any small misconfiguration can risk the availability of your systems and lead to service disruption. Even for the most experienced and savvy UNIX professionals, it’s impossible to manually validate every change that is made to the system config, so as to ensure that no destabilizing risks have been introduced.