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BMC Calls In Patrol Lineup

BMC Software plans to replace its Patrol and Patrol Express network management products with a single new version differentiated by product lines, such as servers and databases, rather than operating

BMC Software plans to replace its Patrol and Patrol Express network management products with a single new solution, BMC executives said.

By December, BMC will discontinue its Patrol product line and begin the era of BMC Performance Manager, a network management solution with elements of Patrol and its lighter-weight, agentless cousin Patrol Express, said Dave Hardy, product manager at BMC, Houston.

BMC Performance Manager will simplify the Patrol solution by performing in both the environments the two previous products served, he said. For example, instead of Patrol customers having to deploy Patrol Express to monitor remote IT environments that are simpler to manage than the main network, Performance Manager will be able to "expand the reach of monitoring without expanding the more complex management of the full Patrol agents and solution," Hardy said.

A reduction in the number of server agents required by Performance Manager is key to the software's enhanced simplicity. BMC's approach with the new product is to enlist fewer, but more coordinated, agents in a manner it calls a "lightweight local presence," Hardy said.

Licensing will also be simplified with Performance Manager. In June, BMC will combine the licensing of Patrol and Patrol Express into one, said Hardy. The combined licensing should have a minimal effect on pricing for customers running both Patrol and Patrol Express, he said.

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