BMC announces new mainframe management tools

BMC invested in new mainframe management tools this week. The company also released customer survey data showing strong support for big iron.

BMC Software Inc. rolled out a new Web-based console for mainframe backups this week. The Houston.-based company says its new Web-based GUI allows data center pros to view all recovery events on the same screen, to better prevent database and system problems before they affect the business.

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BMC also rolled out Impact Integration for z/OS, a change management monitor that sends BMC's Service Impact Manager data about events in the mainframe environment.

"Organizations are looking at a more flexible infrastructure -- including on the mainframe -- and it's great that you can change the infrastructure so rapidly in comparison to the past," said Sageza Group analyst Tony Lock. "The traditional approach to IT is 'don't touch it if it isn't broken.' But with business pressure today, that's not a tenable situation."

But if you're not careful, change can be as much an advantage as a risk, according to Lock. "It's really important to have good change management [software] in there."

That means understanding your environment better so you can tell your boss what you're doing is valuable, according to Bill Miller, vice president of mainframe service management business unit for BMC.

The company also plans to launch new mainframe topology discovery software.

BMC's investment in new mainframe functions coincides with a recent customer survey that showed strong support for big iron. Survey respondents indicated that they are increasing levels of spending across a range of mainframe software categories, with storage management, replication and data movement, and database archiving leading the way.

The survey also found MIPS growth continues. More than 55% of respondents reported MIPS growth, with 41% also citing new applications as a component of that growth. Only 20% projected a decline in MIPS usage.

Let us know what you think about the story; e-mail: Joe Spurr, News Writer

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