After quietly buying a supplier of provisioning tools that pools resources and dynamically provisions servers, BMC Software Inc has moved into what it is calling service-oriented provisioning management or SORM, with the launch today of BMC Virtualizer suite.
The company acquired Sunnyvale, California-based CoroSoft Technologies Inc on December 22, 2004 for its various policy-based workflow automation software for Windows, Linux and Solaris servers.
No announcement was made at the time by BMC, nor has the company since disclosed the amount paid for the interests, other than to say it was not material. BMC had been reselling CoroSoft products since August 2004.
CoroSoft designed adaptive server technology around a policy-based workflow engine that manages aggregated Windows, Linux servers into a high availability and scalable performance server system that is dynamically connected to networks and storage.
BMC describes the vendor’s core CoroSoft Director product as policy-based resource management software, which it is now starting to offer as BMC Virtualizer.
The software will align resources in real-time and delivers just-in-time computing resources to applications based on business relevance, said Fred Johannessen, vice president at BMC Software. We expect is to accelerate the virtualization initiatives being undertaken across the customer base.
He said businesses need to optimize availability, performance, and capacity through automatic, real-time provisioning of the right resource at the right time, whether an application is located on a server physically or virtually. Without service-oriented provisioning management software support they may will be making the wrong decisions at a pace that is too slow and reactive he said.
For agility, business have to move an infrastructure management that can keep pace with changing business dynamics and be able to quickly shift resources across services to mitigate risk and maintain service levels. Additionally, in most all cases the server infrastructure is over-provisioned with resources set by administrators to accommodate peak utilization rates.
The new suite includes BMC Virtualizer for High Availability that is designed to eliminates one to one server failover requirements by managing a smaller pool of shared failover servers and BMC Virtualizer for Capacity on Demand. This product expands on the High Availability functions to allow organizations with server clusters to improve service availability and performance through datacenter virtualization and the automated provisioning of resources.
Johannessen said, We have seen cases where overall server resources have been reduced by as much as 40% as a result of pooling with SORM. One site with 75 production servers and 75 backup failovers has reduced its failover servers down to just five. With fewer standby servers, it should be possible to save on hardware monitoring, application software fees, maintenance fees, administration time, power and cooling.
The Virtualizer suite, which goes into general availability this week, links into a number of existing BMC products including BMC Performance Manager, BMC Performance Assurance the Marimba Software Configuration Management and Discovery suite, and the company’s Atrium configuration management database product.
BMC has tried to take the simplest possible approach to pricing, with each of its software products across its virtualization management portfolio available either on a per-CPU or per-server based licensing scheme, to allow sites to run as many virtual machines as they need. Pricing for BMC Virtualizer starts at $225 per CPU, BMC Performance Assurance starts at $800 per CPU, and BMC Performance Manager starts at $525 per CPU. BMC Configuration Management solutions start at $58 per server.