eG Enterprise's patented correlation technology is dependent on the specification of topology information that indicates how components are interconnected and which components rely on others for their functioning. The interconnections can represent either physical connections (e.g., a web server connected to a network router) or logical dependencies (e.g., a web server using a web application server). Each interconnection is associated with a direction. The direction signifies cause-effect relationships (if any) between the components being connected together.
Having configured the components that eG Enterprise should monitor in the target environment, the administrator has to next configure the component topology of the target environment. The component topology is comprised of one or more segments. A segment is a logical entity that represents a collection of components and the interdependencies between them. Segments can be chosen to represent user groups, organizational domains, or physical locations in the target environment. For example, the topology of a banking environment may include two segments - one representing all the components in the bank’s NY branch and another representing the bank’s CA branch.
A segment topology can either be manually configured or auto-discovered by the eG Enterprise system.