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BMC delves into 100% Linux management

BMC Software announced Jan. 30 a slew of new Linux management products. The products are designed to help its customers roll out and manage Linux on their existing infrastructures.

BMC Software, Inc. expanded its commitment to managing open source software Jan. 30. The company announced several new products designed for deploying and managing the Linux operating system.

The new products focus on managing the entire Linux lifecycle, said Fred Johannessen, BMC's director of Linux strategy. They address performance management and planning, provisioning and configuration management, infrastructure management and service management. The products support the management of Linux components run on Intel and IBM, Inc.'s new eServer zSeries platforms from one console, Johannesson said.

BMC's announcement comes among the slew of Linux-support announcements recently made by the company's competitors. IBM, Tivoli Systems, Inc., Computer Associates, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard, Inc. each now have newly released Linux management products.

The additon of BMC's new Linux-related products create a well-rounded product line for the company, said analyst Richard Ptak. "BMC now has a complete management solution that works across multiple operating systems." BMC's decision to support IBM's zSeries "marks the recognition that the mainframe is a serious contender in the Wintel space," he said. Further, this is an acceptance of Wintel in open source platforms by the enterprise, said Ptak, senior vice president at Framingham, Mass.-based Hurwitz Group.

Of BMC's newly announced products, Patrol Perform and Patrol Predict tackle the performance management and planning phase of a Linux deployment. They are available on Intel now, but will be available on the zSeries this summer, Johannesson said.

In the provisioning and configuration management space, Deployment Manager for Linux leverages the technology of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Aduva, Inc.'s Linux management products. Deployment Manager for Linux remotely manages different Linux systems from one location. BMC and Aduva formed a relationship in January 2002, whereby BMC will resell several of Aduva's Linux products. Deployment Manager for Linux is available for Intel now, but available in March for the zSeries.

BMC's new Linux Server Management product combines its Patrol and Mainview product lines to let customers manage Linux servers from either their distributed- or mainframe-based infrastructures. It monitors and manages Linux from one console. The Mainview component is available now, while Patrol will available for the zSeries in March.

Patrol for Internet Server Manager, Patrol for WebSphere Application Server and Patrol for BEA WebLogic are BMC's new service management support products. Internet Server Manager manages Web servers and is available on Intel now. WebSphere Application Server will be available this summer and monitors Web applications deployed on the WebSphere Application Server infrastructure. BEA WebLogic monitors server-side operations and performance of Web applications. It will available in March.

BMC's goal is to help customers deploy the OS without disrupting or changing other business processes, what the company calls "Assuring Business Availability," Johannesson said. Global 2000 customers, such as telcos and financial institutions running hundreds to thousands of Linux servers who want to keep their costs down will benefit from BMC's new products, he said. Thus, BMC is acknowledging what its customers already see as an immediate affect of running Linux: return on investment, Johannesson said. "Customers can deploy more quickly to achieve Linux' benefits more quickly."

This is BMC's first delve into helping customers not only manage, but also deploy Linux on their pre-existing infrastructures, said Ptak. Historically, Johannesson said, many customers only consider BMC's management products after deploying new technology.

This is not BMC's first endeavor to provide products for managing networks running open source software. In November 2001 the company announced Patrol for Unix. Patrol for Unix, alongside Patrol for Microsoft Windows servers, automates management and monitoring processes via intelligent, autonomous agents. Those two products can also be run on the same network.


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