BMC extends data management

Kicking off its two-day Software Forum event in Boston on Tuesday, BMC Software Inc. unveiled "Project Golden Gate," its new Web-based console management blueprint targeted at lowering the cost of managing data across an enterprise.

The Austin, Texas-based systems management vendor released five new products in conjunction with its new initiative.

Project Golden Gate looks to extend BMC's management capabilities to myriad applications and databases, providing a single point of control via BMC's SmartDBA. Systems the product will manage include those from Oracle, Sybase, and IBM's DB2 and IMS (Information Integration Management and Scalability) products, said Karl Chen, vice president of marketing for enterprise data management at BMC.

Chen said Project Golden Gate features built-in intelligence to optimize performance and automate recovery, and in addition to customized solutions for managing ERP and CRM applications such as Siebel and SAP. The new BMC blueprint also emphasizes cross-database management, or heterogeneity, required to operate a single console for data management spanning mainframe and distributed environments.

BMC's reputation for building intelligent management and knowledge modules that can operate in a variety of application environments puts in a good competitive position, said analyst Richard Ptak, president of Ptak & Associates, in Amherst, N.H.

"The walls that used to traditionally exist between mainframe and distributed [environments] have just tumbled dramatically in the past few years under the pressures of competition and explosion of the Web," said Ptak.

Ptak said traditional database providers have mirrored large hardware providers, particularly Sun Microsystems, and paid too much attention to managing their own wares versus pursuing integration points with other technologies that customers are clamoring for.

To respond to that goal, BMC outlined five new products supporting Project Golden Gate. They include:

-- Energizer for IMS Connect, to manage e-commerce transactions for IBM's IMS Connect environments using a Web-based interface.

-- Smart Recover for Siebel applications, offering automated backup and recovery for Siebel applications that run on IBM OS/390 platforms.

-- Smart Recover for SAP, a backup and recovery product for SAP R/3 applications running on DB2 for OS/390 database servers.

-- Application Restart Control for IMS/DB2/VSAM, an automated management of batch jobs processing.

-- SQL-BackTrack for Oracle, an updated version of the backup and recovery tool equipped with new features and extended database support for Linux and Oracle9i.

Project Golden Gate runs on IBM's OS/390, ZOS mainframe, Unix, and Microsoft Windows NT. Linux will be featured in an upcoming version of the product. The management system can work as a standalone or as part of SmartDBA and BMC's Patrol and MainView solutions.

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