EMC buys out BMC storage software

EMC is to acquire the rights to BMC Software's Patrol Storage Manager, taking over support for users of the defunct product, as...

EMC is to acquire the rights to BMC Software's Patrol Storage Manager, taking over support for users of the defunct product, as well as offering a transition for BMC customers to EMC's Control Center storage resource management software.

EMC also hopes to provide tighter integration with BMC's other systems management software through a technology partnership which allows BMC to resell the Control Center software, a deal that could give EMC as many as 5,000 new clients. The companies declined to say how much the deal is worth.

Steve Kenniston, an analyst at Enterprise Storage Group, said BMC made a good choice in partnering with EMC because the company would not have to worry about competition on the application server market as it would have with potential partners IBM or Hewlett-Packard. "This way they get to work strictly with storage," he said.

Don Langeberg, director of marketing for storage software at HP, said his company considered buying Patrol Storage Manager but di not see any added value from such a deal.

EMC also expected to achieve tighter integration with BMC's flagship Patrol Systems Management software, said Barry Ader, director of software product marketing at EMC.

BMC announced in February that it was halting further development of open-systems storage management products, leaving about 130 customers looking for new suppliers. BMC's director of enterprise storage management, Dan Hoffmann, said only about 50 customers are now using Patrol Storage Manager.

Although BMC still sells storage management software for mainframe systems, it said economic pressures forced it to pull out of the open-systems market so it could spend resources on other product lines. It is ranked fourth in sales of storage management software behind IBM, EMC and Computer Associates International.

Ader said EMC will evaluate Patrol Storage Manager and, possibly, incorporate some of the application interfaces into its own storage resource management software. For example, BMC's software supports Microsoft Exchange and Siebel environments, while EMC's Control Center product does not.

"I don't think we can make any commitment to use the code," Ader said.

Lucas Mearian writes for Computerworld

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