Various systems and methods are provided for propagating information throughout a data center or other network environment. For instance, in certain embodiments, the functionality disclosed herein includes determines propagation rules, and then either stores and/or propagates those rules throughout the datacenter or other network environment. Propagation rules define various conditions or other variables that govern propagation of information throughout a system, such as those systems described herein. The propagation rules can then be used to perform various other functionality. For instance, the functionality described herein can be used to process updates to entities. The functionality described herein can also be used to process updates to propagation metadata. Additionally, the functionality described herein can be used to process the creation of new relationships. The functionality described herein can also be used to process the deletion of objects and/or relationships. All of the foregoing functionality can be performed automatically.