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August 30, 2009

BMC adds new capabilities to Business Service Management platform

To allow customers implement virtualised and cloud computing environments

By CBR Staff Writer

BMC Software has enhanced its Business Service Management (BSM) platform that it claims to improve virtual lifecycle, performance and compliance management and allows organisations to move to complete private cloud environments.

BMC claims that the new enhancements will help organisations evolve IT infrastructures to virtualised datacentres, then private cloud environments and ultimately hybrid clouds, which combine private clouds and public cloud services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). The company manages all of these environments using a set of management tools and a common BSM platform.

According to BMC, the new features with BSM for Cloud Computing and BSM for Virtualization, include: private cloud management that allows users to apply the same level of service management capabilities, automation and control for private cloud as for traditional physical and virtual IT infrastructures and applications. It enables customers to establish private clouds or integrate with public cloud services, based on business demand and IT requirements.

The new virtual lifecycle management feature eliminates virtual sprawl by managing and automating lifecycle activities for a virtual machine (VM) and provides complete visibility into virtualised environments and virtual performance management to manage capacity, predict performance and automatically react to the changes that frequently occur in virtual and cloud environments. It maintains performance monitoring continuity despite VM infrastructure changes, ensuring smooth IT operations across virtual and cloud environments.

The company said that the new Virtual Compliance Management feature helps to minimise risk and detect policy violations. It uses a common set of policies, reporting and remediation to consistently enforce operational, regulatory and security compliance across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Sam Gross, vice president of global IT outsourcing solutions at Unisys, said: “BMC’s automated provisioning, configuration and compliance solutions will enable effective management and control of the Secure Cloud Solution environments. Our clients’ IT service management tools will interface with the BSM platform to provide integrated client control of the Unisys Secure Cloud Solution infrastructure from request to retirement.”

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