BMC Enhances Cloud Lifecycle Management
Introducing Second-generation CLM Solution
April 26, 2011
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BMC Software announced significant enhancements to its cloud management portfolio to enable enterprises, public agencies, and service providers to achieve the agility required for building and managing highly flexible cloud services, across public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

BMC’s second-generation Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution provides multi-tiered cloud services support for deploying business-ready cloud environments from request to retirement, thereby accelerating provisioning, optimizing ongoing operations, and rapidly meeting the needs of the business.

Serving as the intelligent engine within the cloud, BMC’s newly introduced, policy-based Service Governor included with CLM enables customers to leverage automation and policy to expertly place, configure, and manage cloud services. BMC offers this capability today, enabling dramatic increases in the efficiency of provisioning and managing production and pre-production clouds regardless of whether they are private, public, or hybrid in nature.

Within CLM, IT administrators also now have the ability to define and automate multi-tier cloud services through the creation of flexible Service Blueprints, thus giving end users the flexibility to configure their cloud services, while ensuring IT administrators maintain the tight controls necessary to run an enterprise-class cloud efficiently and effectively. As users select services, the Service Governor then automatically implements the services within the infrastructure. Built with a strong commitment to heterogeneity across all infrastructures, CLM supports a broad range of hardware, hypervisor, and public cloud alternatives, ensuring BMC customers have the freedom to make the right business decisions, today and into the future. With this release, the BMC CLM solution now also supports Citrix XenServer.

Additional new enhancements for creating and managing clouds that work for business include:

* Cloud planning and design: BMC’s Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping (ADDM) solution for efficient and effective cloud planning. It is now possible to get an accurate understanding of capacity needs and their business impact with dynamic discovery of service attributes and relationships.

* Cloud operations: BMC's ProactiveNet Performance Management (BPPM) solution can now monitor the performance of cloud services running in Amazon's EC2 environment as well as Microsoft’s Azure platform-as-a-service.

* Cloud governance and compliance: Enhanced integration with BMC’s industry-leading Remedy IT Service Management suite provides low-cost integration between cloud implementation and IT processes. This integration enhances the efficiency of supporting cloud environments and lowers the risk associated with managing them. In addition, financial and compliance management capabilities ensure effective conformance with policies and financial requirements in the cloud environment.

* Workload automation in the cloud: With newly-integrated capabilities to support clouds running VMware infrastructure and the Amazon cloud, BMC’s Control-M workload automation solution provides businesses the elasticity needed to support the known and unknown spikes in workload processing. This allows businesses to more cost-effectively manage their capacity needs and ensure business service levels are met when processing scheduled work in the cloud, including business transactions and batch processes.

BMC is hosting Cloud 2011 – “Delivering a Cloud that Fits” - a virtual tradeshow on April 28.

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