BMC today unveiled new software that helps IT teams automatically inventory their storage assets and map the links between storage infrastructure, business applications and digital services.
The new software – BMC Atrium Discovery for Storage – automates a manual process for most companies, made increasingly difficult by virtualization. According to a BMC customer survey in April 2014, nearly 75 percent of IT managers report that storage management processes are disconnected from business services. Atrium Discovery closes that gap, so IT can improve a broad array of services like incident, problem and change management, capacity optimization and application performance monitoring.
“Virtualization has changed the storage environment from fixed, predictable workloads to an unpredictable, always-changing workload mix,” said Raphael Chauvel, senior director of product management. “BMC Atrium Discovery helps our customers better understand, manage and troubleshoot the virtual storage environment – while saving thousands of wasted hours for IT managers.”
Storage auto-discovery complements existing storage management tools by showing the links and dependencies between applications, services and their supporting storage infrastructure. Once discovered, IT managers can optimize systems and operations accordingly to enhance uptime, reduce costs and improve productivity. Storage and operations managers can also create and apply end-to-end application maps that include multi-vendor storage components for true service-driven management.
The first release of Atrium Discovery for Storage works with storage systems and software from five top storage vendors – EMC, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM and NetApp – using a combination of management protocols (SMI-S, WBEM and SNMP). Additional vendors and systems will be included in monthly updates.