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BMC adds automation to SRM

BMC Software has added automation functions to its storage resource management (SRM) software through a partnership with Invio Software.

BMC signed an agreement to resell and integrate Invio's process automation software with the future release of Version 3.1 of its SRM product, called Patrol Storage Manager.

According to Dan Tolan, director of product management for Patrol at BMC, the partnership with Invio will enable BMC to offer its customers more advanced tools for provisioning storage for applications and groups of users.

"It came down to build versus buy," Tolan said. "This partnership gives us faster time to market."

Under the terms of the agreement, BMC will resell Invio's Storage Practice Manager software as a standalone product and early next year will roll the software's functionality into its existing Patrol Storage Manager software platform.

Additional terms include access to Invio's adapters (the interfaces used for communicating with and controlling heterogeneous system components) and active practices (the pre-built and reusable storage management modules), as well as the right to build future adapters and practices.

The next version of Patrol Storage Manager will initially support Brocade and McData switches, EMC and Hitachi storage systems, and the Windows and Solaris operating systems.

The first adapter BMC will build with Invio's automation process technology is a provisioning module that the company believes will reduce the number of steps required to provision storage for an application.

"The process to allocate storage today can take days," Tolan said. "With the automation component we can take 13 manual steps and compact them to two or three."

Future adapters may include data protection and replica management, as well as topology management.

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