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BMC Folds Storage Unit

BMC Software Inc. (NYSE: BMC) says it will discontinue the Patrol Storage Manager product line as it merges the storage business unit into its Enterprise Systems Management group.

BMC confirmed that it is phasing out Patrol Storage Manager (PSM), the company's flagship product for managing open systems storage.

"Our most recent version of PSM, version 2.2, will continue to be supported. However, the company has decided to curtail any future investments in PSM," says BMC spokesman Eric Krueger. "The company is evaluating how to best deploy the resources working on PSM onto other storage components or other projects." [Ed. note: By "resources," we think he means "people."]

The move by Houston-based BMC affects about 80 employees in its storage management software unit, sources tell Byte and Switch. "They have 30 days to find new jobs elsewhere in the company," says an industry source.

PSM is designed to provide an "application-oriented view" of a company's storage infrastructure, able to monitor storage arrays, Fibre Channel switches, and other devices. In 2001, BMC had 4.2 percent share of the storage software market (not counting array-based software), according to Gartner/Dataquest (see EMC, Veritas Both No. 1 in Software).

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