BMC puts proactive and predictive together with product integrations

BMC combines internally developed and acquired technology to advance event correlation, performance management and dynamic BSM.

BMC unveils product integrations and enhanced software applications that the vendor says help enterprise IT managers proactively manage environments and ensure business services perform optimally.

On the heels of its cloud-based services offering with partner Salesforce.com, BMC augmented its software products this week by integrating existing technologies to be able to deliver what the management vendor says customers need today: dynamic business service management (BSM).

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With decades of technology development and several acquisitions under its belt, BMC this week at Gartner's Data Center Conference in Las Vegas released a set of integrated software products the company says can help enterprise IT managers better control resources in virtual and cloud computing environments and optimize business services for a dynamic end-user community. BMC says the enhanced products, expected to be generally available this month, combine technologies from ProactiveNet, BladeLogic and BMC's own Atrium configuration management database (CMDB). For instance, BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management now integrates with BMC BladeLogic Service Automation to apply analysis to configuration changes, which BMC executives say will help IT managers more easily identify and isolate errors caused during manual changes.

“We had a vision for a management platform that allows IT managers to be much more proactive and predictive about their computing and business capacity,” says Jim Grant, BMC’s senior vice president of strategy and corporate development. “With our ProactiveNet and BladeLogic technologies, we were able to deliver on this vision by driving integration between assurance, awareness, configuration and provisioning.”

Specifically for this release of several updates, BMC says it worked to provide integrated data, process and workflow features across products such as BMC Event and Impact Management and BladeLogic Server Automation, Network Automation and Client Automation. The company also worked toward delivering advanced capacity management capabilities, which Grant says will help IT managers dynamically provision virtual and physical environments and prevent wasted resources.

“With cloud and virtualization, most IT shops won’t be able to keep up without predictive, proactive tools that can help them make decisions about their environment,” Grant says. “We worked to provide a proactive software stack that includes a decision support engine for IT.”

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