BMC is a systems management software company with roots in the mainframe world. Offering troubleshooting diagnostic capabilities, BMC has quietly realigned itself as a vendor-neutral management system for cloud computing. It started out with a market-leading configuration management database product, Atrium, and built from there on top of its BladeLogic x86 cluster automation system. Its Cloud Lifecycle Management product can provision virtual machines from any of the major virtualization vendors and assign them storage and networking, allow for end-user self-service from a catalog, manage by policies, create blueprints of reusable software stacks, implement user chargeback and monitor the resulting environment.
Its sister product, BMC Cloud Operations Management, adds ongoing operational know-how. It can look across a variety of hardware and virtualized resources to spot slowdowns and trouble spots, provide root-cause analysis, and use predictive analytics to spot the next hotspot or perform capacity management. Its latest version, COM 9.0, pushes its cloud management into hybrid cloud operations, with the data center extended into the public cloud. Unlike some tools, it can focus on application performance as well, with key information derived from Atrium, and provide policy-driven placement of workloads on cloud servers.