Company to Ship its First Network-Aware Application Management Solution,
Giving Customers the Edge in Managing Today's Complex Enterprise
HOUSTON - 14th May. BMC Software, Inc. [NYSE: BMC], the leading provider of
enterprise management, today announced that it will deliver the first
product and Knowledge Module (KM) under its Application-Centric Network
Management initiative. PATROL( Visualis 1.1 and the PATROL Network
Knowledge Module( integrate network performance and visualization
capabilities with BMC Software's enterprise management solutions, allowing
customers to manage their enterprise network assets in a way that optimizes
application availability and performance. By focusing on the application
perspective when managing the network, customers can directly relate network
performance and resources to the business process.
Application-Centric Network Management is BMC Software's new initiative that
comes as a result of the company's recent acquisition of Perform SA, a
France-based network optimization software developer that provided two
network management flagship products - DashBoard and Visualis(.
Application-Centric Network Management extends BMC Software's market-leading
systems and application management solutions to the network, enabling
customers to better understand network connectivity and view the health of
their entire enterprise, which increases their return on investment and
value to their customers. With this initiative, customers will now, like
never before, be able to display the information flow generated from the
client to the servers as well as see the impact of this information flow on
"BMC Software's new network products will provide Texas Instruments with
real added value in network and application management," said Patrice
Savini, network manager at Texas Instruments France. "Texas Instruments
France has been using Perform's DashBoard product for three years and
recently acquired its Visualis technology to improve network performance and
monitoring capabilities. We are confident that adding Perform's
leading-edge network management tools to BMC Software's existing management
solutions will be a win-win for TI. We will now have management solutions
that extend across both infrastructure and applications, making it easier to
support our customers more effectively."
PATROL Visualis 1.1 Sets New Standard for Network Visibility
PATROL Visualis 1.1 provides IT with the ability to discover and view a
patent-pending topological map of their infrastructure, which includes the
application and network resources and how they are interconnected. With the
integration of PATROL and Visualis, customers can, over time, observe and
replay network traffic flows across the infrastructure between application
components. From a single view within Visualis, a user will be able to view
network traffic between workstations and servers throughout the network.
Users then will be able to visualize just how an application affects the
network and how the network affects the application.
With the integration of PATROL capabilities into Visualis, PATROL Visualis
1.1 now will be able to gather key applications knowledge via
auto-discovered PATROL Agents. Using this information, customers can now
build a single global view of the dynamics of their entire enterprise
system. Customers will benefit from this integration as they now can
understand how application services are affected on a consumer usage basis.
"This integration will provide our customers with a powerful enterprise-wide
management solution giving customers a view of all of the data and
applications that keep their companies in business," said Andy Burger, vice
president and general manager, PATROL Networking Management Business Unit,
BMC Software. "The integration of Perform's technology with BMC's existing
portfolio will produce network-aware application management tools that will
allow businesses to keep their applications running and ultimately, and most
importantly, ensure that their customers' expectations are met."
PATROL Network KM Enables End-to-End Service Level Management
The PATROL Network KM takes select network performance metrics from
DashBoard and stores the information directly within the PATROL
infrastructure. The PATROL Network KM allows the PATROL Console, PATROL for
Service Level Management, additional PATROL applications and PATROL partner
applications to obtain network performance data that DashBoard collects by
directly accessing the native PATROL data-store. This PATROL Knowledge
Module provides customers the ability to see combined network, systems and
application performance data from PATROL applications within the same view
as well as in reports and graphs.
Future Integration Roadmap
BMC Software's first priority is to integrate the Perform and PATROL
products to deliver maximum value to its combined customers. In the near
future, product deliverables include:
PATROL for IP Networks - Diagnose - The first diagnostic solution available
from this integration will be PATROL for IP Networks - Diagnose, which will
enable customers to diagnose service failures down to the physical layer of
the network by leveraging the Perform Visualis product's discovery
capabilities. PATROL for IP Networks - Diagnose will extend the current
capability of the PATROL for Diagnostic Management solutions by giving
customers the ability to diagnose if and where a network failure has caused
an application failure. The product will be released in June.
DashBoard Integration with PATROL Enterprise Manager - This solution will
forward alerts from DashBoard to PATROL Enterprise Manager. The integration
will allow customers to use PATROL Enterprise Manager's tools to correlate
network congestion and bottleneck issues within the enterprise. This
solution will be available within the next 30 days.
PATROL Service Reporting Integration - Incorporating benefits from the next
release of PATROL Service Reporting, this integrated solution will provide
the ability to publish DashBoard and Visualis information in the form of
Integration with PATROL for Service Level Management - By passing the
end-time application response metrics from PATROL for Service Level
Management to the diagnostic modeling capabilities within DashBoard,
correlation between application response degradation and network congestion
can be automated to pinpoint service problems to network failures or
Availability and Pricing
Both the PATROL Network Knowledge Module and PATROL Visualis 1.1 will be
available within the next 30 days. Pricing for the PATROL Network Knowledge
Module will start at $8,000 and pricing for PATROL Visualis 1.1 will start
at $40,000. For more information on BMC Software's network capabilities,
go to http://www.bmc.com/products/network/
About BMC Software
BMC Software, Inc. [NYSE: BMC], is the leading provider of enterprise
management solutions that assure business availability - maintaining and
optimizing business-critical systems with automated infrastructure
management and unique service management capabilities. BMC Software is a
Forbes 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, with fiscal year 2001
revenues exceeding $1.5 billion and offices worldwide. For more
information, please visit BMC Software's Web site at www.bmc.com.
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