In addition to the basic Adapter Platform components, you can enable an Adapter Platform feature, the Topology Importer, which provides a consistent method of identifying the systems associated with Adapter Platform events.

The Adapter Platform creates notifications from different sources and tries to associate these notifications to the topology element where the notification occurred. Making this association can be difficult because there are many different methods of identifying topology elements.

The Topology Importer collects IP addresses and hostnames from an VMware Smart Assurance IP Availability Manager so the Adapter Platform can accurately place events in their topological context.

The Adapter Platform updates this list as the information changes in the IP Availability Managers. Service AssuranceAdapter Platform architecture shows the Service Assurance Adapter Platform architecture.

Figure 1. Service Assurance Adapter Platform architecture