As part of the plan, called Project Golden Gate, BMC plans to release five new or upgraded development tools. These range from a batch processing tool for mainframe databases to backup and recovery software for Oracle databases and for SAP and Siebel applications.
BMC's long-term plan "is interesting from the standpoint of having a product that's able to link many areas, both open systems and mainframes," said Frank Schmitt, team leader for storage management at OneBeacon Insurance Group in Boston, USA. That would let IT workers with mainframe skills manage both kinds of databases, Schmitt added.
Dan Sullivan, vice-president of information systems at Mellon Financial in Pittsburgh, USA, said he also likes the concept because he oversees administrators of both mainframe and distributed databases and wants to have a single view into both worlds.
Sullivan has worked for six years with BMC's Mainview software, a mainframe systems monitoring tool that Mellon uses to detect slowdowns in massive data processing jobs, to plan future capacity needs.
BMC officials described Golden Gate as specifically focused on data management products that are aimed at bringing together mainframe and distributed databases. But a BMC spokeswoman said that the single console concept will be expanded to include the Mainview systems monitoring tools "sometime in 2003".