Systems management vendor BMC Software Inc has signaled its intention to develop an open source software strategy through the appointment of William Hurley as the chief architect of its open source strategy.
Hurley is an Apple and IBM veteran but was most recently chief technology officer at Qlusters Inc, one of a number of open source systems management vendors that have entered the market in recent years. He is also the founder of the openSIM security management project and the Open Management Consortium, which came together in May last year to promote open source systems management.
On a webcast to announce his new position at Houston, Texas-based BMC, Hurley said his new role would be to architect an open source strategy that makes both BMC and the open source community at large successful; really forge the collaboration between the company and the community.
My job is simply about balance, he added. A few companies have done little more than use open source as a marketing ploy or an exit strategy for under-performing product lines, and BMC wants to do open source right, and that’s the main reason I am in this position.
While he said he was not in a position to discuss the company’s open source strategy at this stage, Hurley stated that his role would be to come up with a strategy that enabled the company to engage with its customers in such a way that both it and th community at large would benefit.
There’s a lot of people out there who are doing a fantastic job of balancing the needs of their community with their company’s needs, he said. I Just don’t think it’s happened with a company the size of BMC yet.
BMC is the first of the systems management big four to respond to the growing number of open source systems management providers that have been largely targeting the lower end of the market with management and monitoring tools and enjoying the benefits of the community developing extensions to rapidly advance their capabilities.
As well as Qlusters, the emerging vendors include its OMC partners Hyperic, Emu Software, Zenoss, Symbiot, the Webmin project, and Ayamon, as well as GroundWork.