CLM 3.1: The best of both worlds

RBS_building_and_clouds_-_Deansgate.resized.jpgYou may have heard that we have released BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management 3.1, better known as CLM. So what’s new in this release?

Well, as the minor bump to the version number indicates, this is a routine upgrade rather than a big-bang roll-out. But this is a good thing! If cloud computing is to fulfil its promise and become a normal part of enterprise IT, it can’t constantly dynamite everything. Regular small increments of functionality are just as important to this process of normalisation as the big flashy paradigm-shifting releases. Plus, users seem to like it, even saying things like “Hoorah! CLM 3.1 is out!“.

The “routinisation” of cloud has been a theme of BMC’s approach to the area ever since the beginning. Our cloud initiative aims to help customers build on existing good technological solutions, adding to them and orchestrating them together to give maximum value. Plenty of pundits seem to believe that ITIL and the cloud cannot work together, or even that “ITIL is the number one threat to private cloud deployments”. The actual reality is that people have spent a long time building infrastructure and honing disciplines such as change management, and would like the same processes and best practices to apply to their cloud platform. BMC CLM offers the best of both worlds, provisioning to physical servers, virtual servers and to cloud platforms.

Operating systems:

  • Redhat Linux
  • Microsoft Windows
  • IBM AIX
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux

Cloud infrastructure:

  • Citrix XenServer
  • VMware vSphere
  • VMware vCloud Director
  • Openstack
  • IBM pSeries
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Savvis
  • Terremark

This heterogeneous approach applies not just to compute resources, but also to network and storage. Instead of requiring users to complete a disruptive migration to a great Software-Defined future, CLM can work with the equipment that is already in customers’ data centers.

All of these platforms are available right out of the box, and opening that box is now quicker than ever before. The new QuickStart Wizard in CLM 3.1 helps users get started quickly:

  • Rapid configuration of new Business Services to offer users
  • Rapid configuration of new users of the cloud
  • Rapid addition of new resources from AWS and VMware in the cloud

The QuickStart Wizard helps to stand up a cloud quickly, but BMC also helps to operate that cloud in production. BMC Cloud Operations Management will help to keep that cloud running and satisfying users. Cloud Ops uses analytics to maximize visibility into the cloud, and provides the intelligence to control the services running in that cloud. It also gives administrators unified performance and capacity management with analytics to help them identify issues proactively, accurately isolate their root cause, and then drive automated workflows across private, public, and hybrid clouds

If you are a current customer, you can find all the details about this release at the CLM 3.1 support page, but if you are just interested in finding out a little more, there is a two-page datasheet on CLM 3.1 here. As ever, visit bmc.com/cloud for all things BMC and cloud.

These postings are my own and do not necessarily represent BMC's position, strategies, or opinion.

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Dominic Wellington

Dominic Wellington

Dominic Wellington is BMC's Cloud Marketing Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has worked on the largest cloud projects in EMEA, and now he calls on that experience to support new cloud initiatives across the region. Previously Dominic supported BMC's automation sales with direct assistance and enablement throughout EMEA. Dominic joined BMC Software with the acquisition of BladeLogic, where he started up Southern Europe pre-sales operations. Before BladeLogic, he worked in pre-sales and system administration for Mercury and HP. Dominic has studied and worked between Italy, England and Germany.