Breaking News—BMC to Acquire Provider of IT Discovery Solutions

BMC Software announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Tideway Systems Limited, a provider of IT discovery solutions. The acquisition is intended to enhance BMC's Business Service Management (BSM) platform and help organizations minimize the risks associated with business-critical initiatives such as data center consolidation, virtualization and compliance. BMC expects the transaction to close within the week.

The new offering supports the complete set of discovery requirements for BSM and features deep integration with BMC's Atrium Configuration Management Database (CMDB) based on Tideway's long-time membership in BMC's Technology Alliance Partner program.

The addition of Tideway technology provides BMC customers with a large open library of predefined IT configuration discovery patterns, which offer out-of-the-box descriptions of software and hardware resources that enable IT organizations to automatically identify and characterize their environment and map related application dependencies and services.

When combined with the BMC Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping (ADDM) solution, BMC will be able to provide greater visibility into the data center and reduce the time and resources required to model, manage and maintain applications and services-a critical issue, points out BMC, for IT organizations that are transitioning applications and services to cloud computing environments.

"Given the nature of today's highly complex and rapidly evolving computing environments, having deep visibility and clear understanding of the critical business services and their associated relationships to specific IT resources is fundamental to improving service quality, minimizing risk and reducing IT costs," says Dev Ittycheria, president of enterprise service management at BMC. "With the acquisition of Tideway, BMC adds the industry's leading application discovery and dependency mapping capabilities to manage and maintain complex data center environments including distributed, virtual and mainframe IT platforms and further extends its leadership in business service management."

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